DAIN, ‘Fine Dining Lines’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Fine Dining Lines’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Fine Dining Lines’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Fine Dining Lines’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Fine Dining Lines’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Fine Dining Lines’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

This complex mixed media on panel work features both heavier collage work and painting from DAIN. The figure of the work is dominant on the left side rather than a central location one may see in other works by this artist. The subject is drawn from the icons and glamour of Old Hollywood inspired by the 1940’s and 50’s. With dark makeup styled to draw attention to the woman’s eye, the artist also emphasizes it through his trademark bright pink circle and drip. For DAIN, the eyes and lips are a source of idealized beauty and interest; yet, the artist also is fascinated with the inner beauty and class of the women of this time period. Thus, the fashion that is included is often influenced by menswear and is non-revealing so that much is left to the imagination of the audience. This is the same intention for the subject being depicted in black and white imagery as well as it makes the viewer have to think of what this figure would look like in real life. Surrounding the face of the artist are multiple layers of collage that contain symbols and text, as well as butterfly motifs some of which are in fact colored. The bodice of the figure is depicted wearing a black and white patterned top, common in DAIN’s portraits. Adding to the complexity of this work is the painting in the background. The layered lines and marks of the paint show movement and drip marks that elude to the street art style that the artist is known for.

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

2014
Folioleaf, 
Brooklyn,
DAIN

Group Shows

2016
Detour Gallery, 
Red Bank, NJ, United States,
Culturedrone
2015
Mermaid Beach,
RED - Expressionism Group Exhibition
2014
Joseph Carini Carpets, 
New York,
2014
Folioleaf, 
Brooklyn,
Make Shift