DAIN is considered by many high profile collectors, hip brand names and his street art contemporaries as one of the best influential urban artists to emerge out of New York today. DAIN makes artwork that defines our era. He has a distinctive visual language – collaged portraits of Hollywood glamour stars combined with a starling array of materials and techniques. DAIN layers the pieces with wheat pasting, silk-screen, spray paint, collage and acrylic. To the source material of an old black and white photograph DAIN applies old advertisements, taken from some long forgotten magazine, scraps of printed paper, logos and found images. At times the artist will add his signature spray motif of a ‘circle and drip’ around the eye. DAIN is a disruptor of the source image, with a street artist’s eye for intervention. He explores the contrasts and plays with juxtaposition. The direct mark making combined with spray application of neon colour makes for vibrant and arresting pieces. DAIN’s artwork stems from a Modernist art historical cannon that can be traced back to Dadaism. The initially Swiss avant-garde art movement from around about a hundred years ago. Artists like Hannah Höch, Francis Picabia and Kurt Schwitters created photomontage and assemblage pieces that defied convention and had strong socio-political messages in the wake of the First World War carnage.
Of course later, Pop artists like Sir Peter Blake, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg incorporated collage, comic strips and silkscreens of icons.
DAIN has an impressive and growing global following, with exhibitions and solo shows in Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, Miami, Chicago, Montreal and New York City. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin, alongside artists such as Banksy and Invader. In 2018, DAIN was commissioned to do large-scale public mural projects by the fashion and apparel companies, Coach and Puma.
This is the first time DAIN has exhibited at Artcatto.