His roots however are strongly cemented in the North of England, where he took inspiration from the Bradford streets he grew up in, skateboarding in his Doc Martins.
As a self-taught artist with no qualifications, Rourke learned to express himself in every which-way possible, nurturing his creative talents in run down warehouses, and decorating his concrete kingdom!
As one man with a love for his art, Rourke went out on a limb and took risks, exploring and inventing techniques and becoming a true ‘artrepeneur’! He evolved with the rise of the urban art movement, and helped it emerge from the streets into a mainstream world-wide phenomenon.
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 deliciously combines obvious influences of the pop art movement of the 1950s with his own urban contemporary twist.