D*Face is one of the most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation. Working with a variety of mediums and techniques, he uses a family of dysfunctional characters to satirise and hold to ransom all that falls into their grasp - a welcome jolt of subversion in today's media-saturated environment.
His aim is to encourage the public not just to 'see', but to look at what surrounds them and their lives, reflecting our increasingly bizarre fascination for with celebrity, fame, consumerism and materialism, re-thinking, reworking and subverting imagery drawn from a refuge of decades of materialistic consumption, imagery appropriated from currency, advertising, comic books, these now iconic motifs, cultural figures and genres are subverted to comment upon our conspicuous society.
Past examples include his collaboration with H.R.H Queen Elizabeth II on a series of bank notes that were put into circulation for an unsuspecting public to notice in their change. Then, to commemorate the instatement of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican commissioned D*Face to paint a portrait. The piece was shown for the first time at the Outside Institute in May 2005, as well as on MTV Rome, to critical acclaim.
D*Face uses the term - aPOPcalyptic - to define his work, a metaphorical backdrop for the corruptive persuasive consumerist folly that has been force fed into our society, a blend of 'pop art' spliced with fragility of life, his work reflects our popular culture encompassing the American dream and the false ideal of 'good' triumphing over 'evil', no longer relevant in todays society. His imagery delivers the viewer a moral dilema, embrace or reject, laugh or deny.
His work can be seen across a variety of different media applying his playful, tongue-in-cheek imagery with anti establishment values, he was also one of fifty artists commissioned to create a 50th anniversary Penguin book cover and is the only urban artist to date to be featured on the front cover of the fine art publication Art Review. His sell out solo shows 'Death & Glory', 'EyeCons', 'aPOPcalypse now', 'All your Dreams Belong to Us' along with last years Los Angeles show 'Going Nowhere Fast', which included his largest mural to date, and 'Burn Brighter' his debu Australian show have firmly founded D*Face's presence within the global contemporary art market whilst retaining his notoriety. His work regularly sells at Christies, Sotherbys and Bonhams auction houses and yet he still continues to put his work illegally into the public domain, and as such has extensively traveled the world showing and disseminating his artwork.
In 2005 D*Face set up the gallery 'StolenSpace', which continues to be Londons foremost contemporary urban art gallery. In 2010 he created the artwork for Christina Aguilera's number one selling album 'Bionic', Christina has been a long time collector of D*Face's work. 2011 marked a busy year for D*Face, between his two solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Melbourne he found time to make a return visit to the Ridiculous Pool in San Bernardino, where he debuted a unique technique combining his love of skateboarding with live painting. The event was filmed and has since been featured on websites and TV shows around the globe, to date it has received 880,691 independent views on youtube, a figure that keeps climbing, seemingly along side D's restless ambitions and popularity.
D*Face is one of Britain's leading "newbrow" artists, and damn if he isn't as sharp and clever - if not quite as surreptitious - as Banksy (and sharper and cleverer by half than Damien Hirst.) - Peter Frank.
Burn Brighter. Metro Gallery. Melbourne. November 1st, 2011
Going Nowhere Fast. Corey Helford Gallery. L.A. April 9th, 2011
All Your Dreams Belong to Us'. Jonathan Levine Gallery. NYC. September 12th, 2009
'aPOPcalypse Now'. London, 2008
D*Arm/RockFace. 24SF/Upper Playground. San Francisco. USA. May, 2008
Eyecons. O'Contemporary. Brighton. England. April, 2007.
Death & Glory. Stolenspace gallery. London. October, 2006
Trajan Bar. Stockholm, 2003
Noted Group Exhibitions:
Love / Hate Group Show. Stolen Space Gallery. February, 2012
Stolen Space Christmas Group Show. London. December, 2011
On Every Street, Group Show. Samuel Owen Gallery. Connecticut. October, 2011
Goss-Michael Foundation Gallery, Group Show. Dallas. 2011
Corey Helford Gallery 10 Year Anniversary Show, Los Angeles, June, 2011
Summer Group Show. StolenSpace Gallery. London. June, 2010
Nu Art. Stavinger, Norway. August, 2009
Summer Group Show. StolenSpace Gallery. London. June, 2009
D*Face x Shepard Fairey . Gallerie Magda. Paris. September, 2008
Under a Red Sky. Summer Group Show. StolenSpace Gallery. London. June, 2008
White Noise Paper Works Show. Black Rat Press. London. February, 2008
Urban Art Auction. Bonhams. London. February, 2008
Fresh Air Smells Funny. Osnabrück Museum. Germany. January, 2008
The Streets of Europe. Jonathan Levine Gallery. New York. December, 2007
White Noise. Black Rat Press. London. November, 2007
Nu Art. Stavinger Museum. Norway. September, 2007
Stick 'em up - stickers - Magma, London April, 2001
Groups Show Leonard Street Gallery, London. July, 2007
Summer Group Show. StolenSpace Gallery. London. June, 2007
Wooster Collective Spring Street Project. NYC. December, 2006
Santas Ghetto. London. December, 2006
Ice Hotel, Ice Suite creation. November, 2006
Urban Funke, Group Show, Barcelona May, 2006
UK Jack, OK! - A celebration of British style, Dover Street Market, London April, 2006
UK Jack, OK! - A celebration of British style, Colette, Paris February, 2006
7th Day - Group show, Pimp, December London, 2005
Santa's Ghetto - group show, December London, 2005
Pictures on Walls - group show, Allmanna Galleriet Stockholm September, 2005
Adfunture Invasion - Introducing D*Dog, Pixie, Taipei September, 2005
Adfunture London - Introducing D*Dog, Outside Institute, London August, 2005
A Few of our Favourite Fiends - group show, Outside Institute, London May, 2005
Urban Funke - Finders Keepers group exhibit, Barcelona May, 2005
Santa's Ghetto - group show, December London, 2004
Finders Keepers - group show, Hinterconti Gallery, Hamburg August, 2004
Hollywood Remix Show - group show, Wooster Collective, New York
Love - Finders Keepers group show, Montana Gallery, Barcelona July, 2004
Native Weapon - Group Show, July, 2004
Trick or Treat Motherfucker - Dreambags Jaguar Shoes, London October, 2002