D*Face (British, b.1978)
Birth Place: London, England UK
Who is artist D*Face?
D*Face is a multimedia urban artist from London. He primarily used stickers, posters, spray paint, and stencils early in his career, but has since moved into gallery pieces, murals, album art, as well as commercial design and illustration work. His first major solo exhibition occurred at the Stolenspace Gallery in London. Famously, D*Face was also the owner and curator of the Outside Institute, which helped to popularize street art in a gallery space. D*Face’s fame grew considerably after participating in the famed Art Wars, a Star Wars-themed art event at the Saatchi Gallery.
D*Face has had an extremely successful gallery and commercial career since 2006. He’s collaborated with tons of different artists and brands including Triumph Motorcycles, the famed jewelry company, Joyeria Suarez, and the rock group Blink 182. He’s been a part of countless exhibitions all over the US and Europe including Gallerie Magda in Paris, Samuel Owen Gallery in New York, and the Metro Gallery of Australia.
What kind of art does D*Face make?
D*Face is a graffiti and urban artist whose multimedia work can take the form of graffiti, murals, stickers, posters, and sculpture. His pieces are often wickedly funny, with a biting edge toward pop culture -- like a resin sculpture of an Oscar Zombie, or a forged credit card for “American Depress”. D*Face also has worked in the commercial space, like many of his urban art peers, to make vinyl figures, jewelry, and clothing. D*Face is certainly familiar with the commercial space, having worked as a freelance designer for several years. One of his most recent projects was the cover art for Blink-182’s album, California in 2016. D*Face’s pieces are often favorably compared to Andy Warhol’s in that both use irony and humor heavily in their work.
How did painter D*Face get started?
D*Face was born in London in 1978. He credited an early fascination with graffiti art thanks to magazine articles in Spray Can, Subway Art, and Thrasher. During his teen years, he began to produce graffiti in London as well as producing skateboard artwork, stickers, and homemade zines. In his early 20s, D*Face took an illustration and design course, working for a short time as a freelance illustrator and designer. It allowed the young artist to pursue street art and hone his craft. His big break came in 2006 when he was featured in a solo exhibition at the StolenSpace Gallery. His exhibition, Death & Glory was a complete sell-out. It was followed by another sell-out in Brighton the following March.
How much are D*Face paintings worth?
D*Face is one of the most exciting urban artists working today, his pieces can range from a few hundred dollars for a vinyl figure all the way up to $50,000 for a major work. The most ever paid at auction for a D*Face painting is $48,750 for the piece, Drowning in Sorrow (2011) which sold on June 11th, 2014. This was 12% over the high estimate of $43,305. Several from the same series sold for similar amounts, from about $30,000 up to $45,000.
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