British artist DFace 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, reflecting the fascination 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.
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.
Whilst his work regularly sells at Christies, Sothebys and Bonhams auction houses, DFace 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 DFace set up the gallery ‘StolenSpace’, which continues to be London’s foremost contemporary urban art gallery.
In 2010 he collaborated with long time collector, Christina Aguilera, to produce the cover of her album ‘Bionic’. 2011 marked a busy year for DFace, 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. Since then, his prominence in the art world has only increased and spread further influence with his shows across the globe from Tokyo, Taipei, and the USA.
“DFace 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.