Grotesk Releases ‘A Bigger Big Poppa’ Sculpture of Biggie Smalls, Sells Out Immediately
"He was an extremely raw MC but had a super smooth delivery. That’s why I decided to do a sculpture using only raw wood and no paint."
Graffiti-trained artist Grotesk is also a sculptor who’s known for his minimalist-style figurines of New Yorkers from various neighborhoods and all walks of life, including famous rappers from Bed Stuy. ‘A Bigger Big Poppa’ is his latest hand carved tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. Standing 8 inches tall, the sculpture made from yellow pine and walnut was limited to only eight pieces and two artist proofs and since they’re handmade, the characters are all slightly different. They’re also already sold out. “Like Biggie’s songs, each of the sculptures has a unique flavor to the constantly changing wood grain and tone of the walnut and pine wood used,” says Grotesk.
This is the second time the Swiss-born, Belgian-trained, NYC-based graphic designer has created a likeness of the emcee and this one is twice the size. He specifically chose wood as a way to articulate Biggie’s persona. “I wanted to pay homage to Biggie by getting to the essence of his personality,” says Groteskj. “He was an extremely raw MC but had a super smooth delivery. That’s why I decided to do a sculpture using only raw wood and no paint. The object has a super-smooth finish so it looks and feels luxurious.”
The pieces were sold through Japan’s CASE STUDYO, a self-described “publisher and producer of artworks by contemporary artists” and come signed and numbered. They also included “an original watercolor drawing by the artist,” so congrats to the eight collectors who nabbed them.