Rourke exhibits extensively both in Europe and the Americas his urban contemporary art scene, whilst his roots are strongly cemented in the North of England. Born on a council estate in Bradford in a decade where Punk Rock, Skins, Doc martins and skateboards ruled, Rourke is a totally self taught artist with no qualifications. He nurtured his creative talents decorating the concrete kingdom and rundown warehouses.
A man out on a limb, what is considered the norm is out of the window, a risk taker, he explores and invents every technique known to man, a true Artrepeneur. A player in the evolvement of the movement known a Urban Art, which rose from the Streets, an art which began life as an ephemeral art form disappearing as fast as it appeared, it grew on a worldwide scale.
Rourke’s ‘Urban Pop’ collection has been produced from his studio in Yorkshire, where he continues to work and make a mark on ‘anything he can get his hands on’. It combines obvious influences of the pop art movement of the 1950s with an urban contemporary twist.