The Dotmasters is the offspring of C6.org, a new-media based collective of art-pranksters. Active throughout the 1990’s, they bridged the gap between art and activism with attention snatching events that pulled no punches. Hitting the headlines worldwide in 1997 with Man in a box, they incarcerated and starved one of their members in a surveillance cube in a gallery in Brighton. Their work was eclectic, merging graffiti, new media and performance from the street, night clubs and galleries generating a steady stream of irreverent broadcasts.
Leon Sessix, famously known, as The Dotmasters is the founding member of C6.org. He was born and raised in London. This UK artist started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s. Leon was first inspired by stencils by the work of Nemo and Blek le rat while travelling in France in the early 80s. His mother used to teach silk screening at a local school and as a 12-year-old he would cut stencils with her to print t-shirts. When he realized that one could spray through them – he was already hooked.
He takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humor. His work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real color stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye. Invited to take part in Banksy’s Waterloo ‘Cans Festival’ and featuring in the Oscar-nominated ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, The Dotmaster exhibits internationally. As a driving force behind the Nuart festival in Norway, Leon has collaborated with grass roots activists, luxury brands, Glastonbury festival, weirdoes, developers and drop outs.
The Dotmasters works closely with The Graffik Gallery on Portobello Road. Bored of the new-media world and the group dynamic, he started working under the alias The Dotmasters and his work can be found anywhere from a pikey trailer park to the penthouses of Europe
“I’m not sure if all the work has a similar aesthetic, it has a similar process and I’m the guy that makes it. Things change in the execution of the work; either black or white for quick hits or full colour ones for more legal walls. I like the work to look well crafted, other than that it would be hard for me to put a style on it.”
His work has been shown at the Cabaret Voltaire, CH, ICA, UK, kunstnernes Hus, NO, Museum of modern art Gulbenkian foundation, PT and London Underground.
Leon lives in London.