DAIN, ‘I Thought I Knew You’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘I Thought I Knew You’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘I Thought I Knew You’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘I Thought I Knew You’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘I Thought I Knew You’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘I Thought I Knew You’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

The subjectivity of DAIN’s work features Old Hollywood icons and glamour inspired by the 1940’s and 50’s. The direct gaze of the figure is exemplary of DAIN’s preference of the eyes of his subjects as he utilizes them as a gateway to the inner beauty and class of these women. The subject’s right eye is circled in bright pink and DAIN’s trademark drips. The artist believes in features like the eyes and lips to be of utmost importance over elements such as the clothing one wears. However, DAIN still maintains a sense of fashion in his works as seen here, where he balances femininity with a structured houndstooth jacket and collared shirt eluding to men’s fashion. The face of this subject is central to the black and white collage work of the composition. Similar to the concept of non-revealing clothing that DAIN chooses to include, the imagery in his collages are in black and white to inspire the imaginations of its viewers. The background of the work is heavily collaged with layers of text and imagery that includes other figures as well as portions of accessorized clothing. The artist’s background in street art and graffiti is evident in this composition of mixed media especially through bright splashes and the movement of paint on top of his collage.

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