DAIN, ‘Shade My Love’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Shade My Love’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Shade My Love’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Shade My Love’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery
DAIN, ‘Shade My Love’, 2014, DETOUR Gallery

The artist DAIN takes inspiration from the 1940’s and 50’s glamour of Old Hollywood icons and women. This work features a three-quarter view portrait of a woman styled with large Gucci sunglasses. The artist primarily begins with black and white collage work pulling together elements from different images to complete the woman depicted. The sunglasses are complemented by the jet black hair of the model. A separate image is used for a neck and shoulders to depict the bodice of the woman. The jawline of the subject is framed by fragments of collage work in geometric lines and patterns. Similar motifs can also be found in the reflection of the subject’s sunglasses. Also on the glasses are the artist’s trademark drips of paint in a bright pink hue. Balancing the black and white collage is the painted background of the work. One can see the artist’s process through visible layering of vibrant colors and marks that make their way to the foreground over the face of the subject as well. The movement and layering of paint reference the artist’s background in both graffiti and street art which began in Brooklyn, New York.

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