D*FACE: HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS
Treason Gallery is pleased to announce its August solo exhibition, D*FACE: “HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS.” Opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 2nd from 6pm-9pm during the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square.
Internationally celebrated street artist D*FACE has been at the forefront of his practice since his initial breakthrough in 2005. Having grown up amidst the streets of London, he cultivated a keen interest in graffiti art and its disaffected mindset from an early age. As a teenager his artistic attentions turned to skate culture and the iconic skate deck designs of Jim Phillips and Vernon Courtlandt Johnson that he found in Thrasher Magazine. Inspired by their punk DIY aesthetic, D*Face attended an illustration and design course before be-ginning work as a freelance artist. Taking the public domain of the street as his canvas, he blended art, design and graffiti in a manner that pre-dated the emergence of street art as it is known today. Here the artist gained a great deal of attention, quickly rising to fame for the vivid nature of his designs.
Despite now working in the gallery as well as the open canvas of the streets, D*Face continues to approach his work with the same anarchic energy that drove him to begin his career from the outset. His vibrant pop style and D*Dog logo have become synonymous with British street style and are recognized the world-over.
“HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS” presents the artist’s first ever exhibition in the Pacific Northwest and will showcase work both new and old in order to reflect the career of one of Street Art’s longest standing pioneers. Iconic works including his depictions of Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II will make an appearance alongside brand new works on show for the first time at the exhibition.
“This show immediately presented itself to me as an opportunity to be introspective - to throw on the brakes and look back at some of the images and icons that shaped my work from the outset. I wanted to combat the idea that nostalgia is the enemy of progress. Appropriately applied past experience can be one of the most useful tools a person has, and personally I’ve always been a “don’t fix what ain’t broke” kinda guy anyway. As for this being my first show in Seattle, I think it’s a fitting contrast of old meets new, and it’s a city that really resonates with the anti-establishment men-tality that’s always been at the core of my work. I remember discovering Nirvana, hearing them for the first time on a rare Australian import and then seeing that iconic set on Top of The Pops years later - just like the Sex Pistols on the Bill Grundy show - one massive middle finger to society. I see it now like rotting the apple from the inside out… nobody seemed to notice that this lovely green apple was slowly being eaten away from the inside, and then WHAM! out we burst, this bunch of maggots set on defacing the facade of purity. Seattle was an undeniable centre in all that - it’s about time I pay the city a visit to honour that history.” - D*FACE
MURAL IN BELLTOWN - 1ST & LENORA ST.
In collaboration with Treason Gallery, D*face completed his first Seattle mural on 1st Avenue and Lenora leading up to his exhibition. The mural is titled “Careless Whisper” and is located on the north side of the Federal Army & Navy Surplus building. Using the mural as an opportunity to pay tribute to the building’s historical character, D*Face conserved the decaying sign that runs along the top and incorporated it into the rest of his design. Combining a variety of violets and pastels, the imagery not only compliments the building’s original architecture but breathes a new vibrancy into the Belltown neighborhood.