Barry McGee, ‘DFW Screen Print #1’, 2011, Julien's Auctions
Barry McGee, ‘DFW Screen Print #1’, 2011, Julien's Auctions
Barry McGee, ‘DFW Screen Print #1’, 2011, Julien's Auctions

Artists: Barry McGee, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, and Andrew Jeffrey Wright.

Barry McGee’s title for this print DFW carries multiple meanings for the artist. An acronym for “Down For Whatever,” “DFW” is also the name of a graffiti crew that McGee has been associated with in the past. A landmark figure in the bi-coastal graffiti movement, McGee’s work has been the subject of much criticism from the fine art world while at the same time being most readily accepted into museums and cultural institutions as representative of the subculture itself. DFW is characterized by McGee’s signature style reminiscent of classroom doodles and cartoon animation. The print is marked by different messages in graffiti and block script reminding the viewer of the value that McGee places in this method of communication. McGee has shown his work extensively throughout Europe and North America, with museum exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Fondazione Prada, Milan; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among others. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed, numbered, and dated in pencil on verso "Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Isaac T. Lin, McGee Barry, 11-11, 69/150"

Image rights: Courtesy of Julien's Auctions

Fleisher-Ollman Gallery

About Barry McGee

A revered figure in the West Coast graffiti subculture (typically associated with the skater and surfer communities), Barry McGee makes drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations inspired by urban culture that incorporate elements such as empty liquor bottles and spray-paint cans, tagged signs, wrenches, and scrap wood or metal. McGee is also a graffiti artist, having produced work on the streets since the 1980s under the tag name “Twist”; his signature motif is the face of a man with sagging, tired eyes, rendered in an efficient linear style. McGee and his wife, artist Margaret Kilgallen were featured in the film Beautiful Losers, a 2008 documentary about Street Art and the DIY aesthetic.

American, b. 1966, San Francisco, California, based in San Francisco, California

Solo Shows


Group Shows

New York,
ART 21: Art in the Twenty-first Century, an exhibition based on the PBS series that examined power, memory, structures and play in art.