DAIN, ‘Puzzleface’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Puzzleface’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Puzzleface’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Puzzleface’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Puzzleface’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

Differing from many of his other portraits, DAIN covers nearly the entire face of his subject with the exception of one eye. The eye is directed in a downward gaze, not interacting with the viewer also making it unique to many of DAIN’s other works. The artist collages black and white geometric motifs and layers lighter violet and blue hues of paint on top of these patterns. The eye is centrally drawn to the collage while the painted background provides a balance to the composition. Primary colors are used by the artist in this background- mostly yellow on top of a red layer with blue accents. The layers make the process of the artist more visible to the audience and reference his background in street art and graffiti as a native of Brooklyn, New York. The clothing of the subject is painted over as well, with transparent layers of red and light blue providing a sense of texture to the shoulders of the subject while the shirt is a solid black providing contrast and balance with the jet black hair of the figure. The bottom of the work is bound with another layer of paint in a green hue as to provide a sort of border below the portrait.

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