D*Face a.k.a Dean Stockton has been a leading figure in Urban Contemporary Art, inaugurating his career on the streets over 15 years ago by hand-drawing stickers and posters and adhering them for the unsuspecting public to discover in the streets of London and beyond. He is one of the best-known figures to rise from the British scene having had a constant leading presence throughout its meteoric rise into popular culture.
With his particular fusion of pop culture and graffiti meshed with a rebellious streak and an ingenious imagination, London artist D*Face has become notorious for his witty, glossy veneered cultural critiques that conceal more malicious undertones.
Using the term -aPOPcalyptic- to define his work, a blend of ‘pop art’ spliced with fragility of life, Stockton’s work reflects popular culture, centering around the ideals of the American dream and notion of ‘good’ triumphing over ‘evil’. He aims to encourage the public not just to ‘see’, but to look at what surrounds them and their lives and our increasingly bizarre fascination with celebrity, fame and consumerism. In his re-thinking and subverting of popular imagery; iconic motifs, cultural figures all are reworked and crafted, Queen Elizabeth with a nose ring, skeletal Marilyn Monroe busts, and Jean-Michel Basquiat blowing raspberries, delivering the viewer a moral dilemma; embrace or reject, laugh or deny.
D*Face is one of Britain’s leading “newbrow” artists, and damn if he isn’t as sharp and clever — if not quite as surreptitious — as Banksy. —Peter Frank