Todd James, ‘Three works: (i) It's going to be a Problem; (ii) Tit Wizard; (iii) Hickory Wind by Blue Oyster Cult’, 2010, Phillips

Each: 15 x 11 1/4 in. (38.1 x 28.6 cm.)

Signature: each signed and dated "TODD JAMES 10" lower right

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. nos. 24-26, p. 71 (illustrated)

Todd James, Yield to Temptation: Todd James, New York & Tokyo, 2012 n.p. (illustrated)

Nanzuka Undergound, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Todd James

Emerging on the street art scene of New York under the name REAS when he was 17 years old, Todd James creates acrylic paintings on canvas that retain the graphic nature of his early graffiti work. Distinguished by their hard-edged blocks of Day-Glo and neon colors that congeal into figurative compositions, James’s work ranges from the sexual—nude and scantily clad women—to the more political—gun-toting figures in tropical environs. Such subjects retain a sense of lightness through the artist’s buoyant use of color. His work draws from his diverse set of experiences; it demonstrates affinities with his former collaborators Steve Powers and Barry McGee, while its offbeat pop sensibility aligns it with musicians such as the Beastie Boys and Miley Cyrus and reflects his background in making puppets for a comedy series.

American, b. 1969, New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2016
Copenhagen V,
2015
Copenhagen V,
2015
Copenhagen V,