DAIN, ‘Ginta Biloka’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

Inspired by the glamour and icons of Old Hollywood, the subjectivity of DAIN’s work is influenced by the 1940’s and 50’s. The foundation of the work is the collage of black and white imagery assembled through wheat pasting. In a three-quarter view portrait, DAIN brings emphasis to the figure’s eye through his trademark bright pink circle and drips surrounding it. An idealized beauty can only be seen in the face as DAIN intentionally seeks to not show any more of his subject’s body in reference to the modesty of the era he is inspired by. Multiple images make up the entirety of the figure as a separate body is placed below the face of the subject. DAIN juxtaposes the glamour of the woman’s face with men’s fashion and includes a suit and tie on the bodice of the subject. The background of the work is more heavily collaged with smaller pieces of other facial features and black and white imagery. DAIN’s background in street art and graffiti is seen in his sporadic painting over his work in bright colors.

Signature: Signed on verso

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