DAIN, ‘Message In A Bottle’, 2015, DETOUR Gallery

This mixed media and collage on panel work was made in collaboration by two anonymous and influential street artists, DAIN and Stikki Peaches. A native of Brooklyn, New York, DAIN has emerged as a prominent street artist of NYC. DAIN combines his background in graffiti with the inspiration he finds in Old Hollywood glamour and beauty of the 1940’s and 50’s- bringing the two together in a combination of wheat-pasting, silkscreening, spray paint, collage, and acrylic. Stikki Peaches is from Montreal, Canada and works in a similar variety of media including collage, acrylic paint, and silkscreen. Stikki Peaches is influenced by pop culture as well as lowbrow and street culture. Together, these artists pull from similar references and have collaborated to make complex individual works. This work features a collaged female subject holding a bottle in her right hand. The face of the subject is embellished with the trademarks of the two artists such as text, symbolism, and a circle with drips around the eye. The beauty of the subject is further contrasted with punk fashion. The black and white collage is then complimented by vibrant hues of paint that are applied to both the foreground and background of the work.

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

About Stikki Peaches