D*Face: The Subversive Street Artist Tackling Taboos.
Music by: Valeonthebeat – Wanted. Image credit: D*Face.
It’s Daniela with CULTED.
Tackling topics such as men’s mental health, consumerism and fame, D*Face is the street artist set on subverting modern life and challenging taboos, one piece of “downright badass” artwork at a time. His character-based murals, stickers, posters and sculptures are famous for their comic-like graphics, pop art colour schemes, and appropriated motifs like the Queen’s head.
Having a celebrity following, he’s worked with some big names. In 2010, he collaborated on the artwork for Christina Aguilera’s album, Bionic. The same happened in 2016 when Blink-182 wanted the D*Face touch for their album, California. Cool, right?
Born Dean Stockton, D*Face grew up in London loving the vibrant skateboard graphics by Jimbo Phillips, the aesthetic of Thrasher Magazine, Andy Warhol, and the DIY mentality of punk.
Inspired, he started out by printing graphic stickers and placing them on the streets of London. His stickers soon grew in size and so too did his fame. His first solo exhibition in 2006 was called ‘Death and Glory’. Other sell-out shows followed, taking him around the world.
Today he’s seen as “one of the most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation” and his artwork has fetched tens of thousands of pounds at auction.
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