Agent X - Cicely And Mary (Yellow) (detail) - Image courtesy of the artist

Agent X/ Unknown

United States

Collage

www.agentxart.com

Agent X
Unknown
Male
United States
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Agent X is the creative alias of a talented American artist currently based in Vancouver who creates experimental multimedia collage art, paintings and 2D artworks. He does so by juxtaposing pop culture, technology, fashion, music, politics and race, a practice that results in visually stunning pieces of collage art that challenges its viewers to think deeply about what they are seeing. While his work draws from a rich formal training, Agent X’s mash-up multimedia style is primarily self-developed and, therefore, completely unique.

Agent X - Mater Natura
Agent X – Mater Natura

Agent X’s Road to Collage Art

Among other things, Agent X is known for his education which has provided him with a great foundation for creating art. His days as a student saw him studying in New Haven, Vancouver and Atlanta. What also makes Agent X so interesting to analyze is the incredible number of influences this man lists as pivotal inspirations in his work – he cites Takashi Murakami, Lada Alekseychuk, Romare Bearden, Peter Kennard, Wangechi Mutu, Robert Rauschenberg, Mimmo Rotella, Jacques Villeglé and Kara Walker. The works and techniques of all these artists seems to have combined and culminated into the art of Agent X.

Agent X - Parte Matris Natura Duabus
Agent X – Parte Matris Natura Duabus

A Further Look at His Work

Often described as a Pop artist with thought, Agent X juxtaposes pop culture, technology, fashion, music, politics and race in visually complex amalgamations expressing the anxieties of the global, post-modern world, the dark side of consumerism and media-obsessed culture. His work occupies a unique intersection between the aesthetics and philosophy of Futurism, the social critique of the Dada movement and contemporary artistic movements ranging from Pop Art to Superflat. Agent X often combines the ephemera of the past with the glossy world of contemporary magazines and newspapers, adding paint and other mixed media to create images that cleverly critique humanity’s current obsessions and where they are leading us.

The works and techniques of various artists who experimented with collage served as inspiration to Agent X which resulted in the creation of his own style of vibrant, thought-provoking art

Agent X - Pris Unit 8675308 / $tackin Paperr
Agent X – Pris Unit 8675308 / $tackin Paperr

Agent X About Agent X

When he was asked to explain his artistic pseudonym, Agent X stated the following: The name Agent X means that I am an agent of the unknown as my artwork is never the same, plus I feel that I am always on a mission to do art. In early American history, most black slaves were given the last name X. I honor them as well. Thus I am a slave to my art in a twisted way. It was also my music producer name back in the day. This somewhat surprising explanation is a valuable insight into this man’s practice and it enables us to further analyze Agent X’s art and truly understand it on all its creative levels.

Agent X lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

Featured image: Agent X – Cicely And Mary (Yellow) (detail) – Image courtesy of the artist
All images courtesy of the Addicted Art Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
​2017Kryon Showcase​Kryon Gallery​, Amsterdam​Group
2017SHE INSPIRES​ ExhibitionThe Untitled Space Gallery, New YorkGroup
2017The Path-Augmented Reality Art ExhibitThe William Vale, New YorkGroup
2017Piece De Resistance ExhibitionArthouse NYC Gallery​, New YorkGroup
2016Agent XGitana Rosa Gallery, ​New YorkSolo
2016Dirty Summer ExhibitionArt at 41 Gallery, LondonGroup
2016ArtSmart Contemporary ExhibitionSpace W10 Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Biennial 2015Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NHGroup
2015The Art Take Away ExhibitionEspacio Gallery, LondonGroup
2015DELTA: The Difference ExhibitionProject Gallery Toronto, TorontoGroup
2015For the Love of LondonLondon Vodka distillery, LondonGroup
2015For the Love of LondonBeautiful Crime Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Punch ExhibitionEspacio Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Microsoft Surface 3 Pop up ExhibitionBroadgate Welcome Centre, LondonGroup
2015Dressed&Naked Magazine Launch ShowThe Star by Hackney Downs, LondonGroup
2015Gallery Launch ShowBeautiful Crime Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Art Crasher ExhibitionSomArts Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014Curious Art-Pie ShowCurious Duke Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Reel to Reel ExhibitionProject Gallery Toronto, TorontoGroup
2014Spring ExhibitionArthouse SoHo Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014Sweet ‘Arts Seams ShowHoxton Arches Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Glovebox Artists of the Month ShowVoltage Art Gallery, Cambridge, MAGroup
2014Bodies in MotionProject Gallery Toronto, TorontoGroup
2014THE FINAL DEVELOPMENT ExhibitionProject Gallery Toronto, TorontoGroup
2014Salon ExhibitionProject Gallery Toronto, TorontoGroup
2014Spring ExhibitionArthouse SoHo Gallery, New YorkGroup
2014Hip Hop ExhibitionProject Gallery Toronto, TorontoGroup
2013Can Pop ExhibitionCan Pop Gallery, SpainGroup
2013Past,Present,FutureLinus Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2013New Blood Art New Blood Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Grand Group showSoHo Gallery for Digital Art, New York CityGroup
2011New York Art MarathonAG Contemporary Art Gallery, New York CityGroup