D*Face, ‘Unamerican Graffiti’, 2009, Addicted Art Gallery

Good To Know: Unframed, professionally packed and stored flat in our humidity controlled art storage facility, condition report available upon request.

Price: SGD 3,500 excludes handling, shipping and transit insurance.

Signature: Hand signed and numbered

Arty-Fact: “Ludovico Aversion Therapy / All Your Dreams Belong To Us” was the title of a solo exhibition held in 2009. The title referenced the human behavior reconditioning treatment from A Clockwork Orange (the 1972 cult-classic film by Stanley Kubrick), in which the patient’s eyelids are forced open to watch disturbing footage containing subliminal messages.

“Unamerican Graffitti” was one of several faces created by D*Face questioning the increasing turnover and bombardment of imagery by the media as well as how much, if any and what parts, we recall, digest and retain.

In the words of the artist, “This is essentially a culmination of what goes on inside my head when you have that semi dream-like state where you are falling between awake and asleep and your brain is trying to decipher the day and trying to store what’s relevant and get rid of what’s irrelevant.”

Source: Urban Art Core

About D*Face

Drawing inspiration from New York’s pioneering graffiti scene of the 1970s and ’80s, British street artist D*Face has painted walls all over the world with his incisive, Pop-inflected murals that critique the modern world, in particular consumerism and the American Dream. In past works he has appropriated familiar cartoon figures such as Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty—dissecting them with images like skulls or economic signifiers—and created portraits of icons like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. “Thematically my work always draws upon personal experiences, whether that’s the saturation of media in our lives, our fascination with celebrity and stardom or more singular experiences such as the loss of loved ones,” D*Face says. Although he has increasingly shown at galleries, he approaches these sites with the same anarchic energy as his in situ works in public spaces.