FAILE, ‘Faile Dog (Blacklight)’, 2015, Julien's Auctions
FAILE, ‘Faile Dog (Blacklight)’, 2015, Julien's Auctions

Faile’s Dog (Blacklight) was originally produced in 2015 as a limited edition—rather than numbering the print as an edition of a 50 or 500, the print was available during a limited amount of time to any buyer who was online at the time of sale. Faile’s dog has become a symbol for the artistic duo themselves. The dog stencil has been wheatpasted throughout Shoreditch, London and Brooklyn, New York, becoming as frequent and recognizable as Shepard Fairey’s “Obey” wheatpastes. The black light print was culled from the collective’s Brooklyn Museum show with fellow street artist Bast titled “Deluxx Fluxx.” —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Marked in pencil lower left "1986". Studio ink stamp on verso dated 2015. Signed in pencil lower right "Faile".

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Street artists to their core, Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller make up FAILE, an artistic collaborative whose kinetic, image-saturated paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations have been enlivening public spaces and city and gallery walls since the turn of the 21st century. Though they are busy with exhibitions and public commissions across America and abroad, they remain focused on the street, where their work first appeared as stickers, posters, and stenciled images. Democratic and urban, FAILE is influenced by manga and the rhythm of city life, as evidenced by the mash-up of comic book and cartoon characters, advertising and propaganda slogans, bright patterns and colors, and historical and pop cultural references animating their work. With the same savvy wit that infuses their compositions, Faile claims that their name refers to the notion that “you could Faile to succeed.”

American, Founded 1999, based in Brooklyn, New York