DAIN, ‘Dos Peakos’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

The subjectivity of DAIN’s work features Old Hollywood icons and glamour inspired by the 1940’s and 50’s. This work is exemplary of DAIN’s preference of the eyes of his female subjects as they appear striking, and directly gazing at the viewer in a three-quarter view portrait. The artist believes in the eyes and lips of his subjects to be much more pivotal than the clothing they wear. The image of the face of this work is interrupted by two peaks on what would be the forehead of this woman. The subject is wearing a structured jacket juxtaposing a sense of men's fashion to the glamour of the woman’s face. With little of the woman’s actual body featured it is meant to be a non-revealing depiction of her, leaving much to the imagination of its audience. This element of collage work in black and white is then complemented by the bold colors the artist painted onto the background. The drips and layering of contrasting color work reference the artist’s background in graffiti that began at a young age in Brooklyn, New York. Centrally, the work features DAIN’s trademark of a circle and drips around the subject’s eye.

Signature: Signed on verso.

Image rights: DETOUR Gallery

About DAIN

One of the most influential street artists to emerge from New York, DAIN combines the visual language of graffiti with collaged old portraits of Hollywood glamour stars. Crossing genres and often working single pieces back and forth between the street and studio, DAIN combines wheatpasting, silkscreening, spray paint, collage, and acrylic. His process begins with a black-and-white photo that he layers with old advertisements, printed fragments, logos, and miscellaneous smaller images. He then begins adding paint; his unmistakable trademark is the “circle and drip” around the eye of his subjects. DAIN views his work as a confrontation between the destructive gestures of graffiti and the femininity of his Hollywood subjects.

American, Brooklyn, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows


Group Shows

Detour Gallery, 
Red Bank, NJ, United States,
Mermaid Beach,
RED - Expressionism Group Exhibition
Joseph Carini Carpets, 
New York,
Make Shift