DAIN, ‘La Circus De Prison’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘La Circus De Prison’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘La Circus De Prison’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘La Circus De Prison’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘La Circus De Prison’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘La Circus De Prison’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

The subjects of DAIN’s works are influenced by the glamour and icons of the 1940’s and 50’s. DAIN is inspired by the inner beauty and class of the women of this time and has often juxtaposed the striking features of a woman’s eyes and lips with non-revealing fashioned clothing. This subject of this work makes direct eye contact with its viewer. One eye has the artist’s trademark circle and drips in bright pink. The black and white face is complemented with collage work that dresses the subject in a prisoner’s outfit. A wrist adorned with a watch and other jewelry is layered on the side of the figure’s face and head. While the collage of the figure is in black and white imagery, vibrant hues are painted over the figure and background of this work. The background contains heavier collage work of smaller pieces to balance the large geometric elements that the prisoner outfit creates.

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