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McGee is one of the Bay Area's best known artists. Inspired by graffiti, Op Art, and the Internet, his recent works include geometric motifs, interspersed with cartoon-like characters and recurring monikers like “DFW” (Down for Whatever).
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