D Face - profile

DFACE /   Dean Stockton

United Kingdom 1978

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Stencil


Dean Stockton
United Kingdom
March 25, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Since his rise to fame in 2005, Dean Stockton aka DFace has grabbed contemporary art scene by the throat. With his inexhaustible mind full of ideas and endless creativity, the artist manages to reinvent himself constantly. As a result, DFace has been at the forefront of the urban art and one of the main figures of the movement for over a decade. Equally active on the streets as well as in his studio, the London-born artist is best known for his pop-inflected body of work that critiques the modern world, in particular, consumerism and the American Dream. His imagery delivers a viewer the moral dilemma, embrace or reject, laugh or deny.

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DFace – You’re Dead to Me – West Hollywood, Los Angeles, 2014

Artist’s Background: A Short Tale About DFace

Born in 1978, DFace aka Dean Stockton grew up in a working-class London suburb. Thanks to Henry Chalfant – an American photographer and videographer, and his documentation of subway graffiti in New York City in Spraycan and Subway series, Dean fell in love with the culture of graffiti. Later as a rebellious teenager, skateboarding and Thrasher magazine’s coverage of skateboard deck graphics led his interest towards stickers and the do-it-yourself mentality associated with skate and punk fanzines.

While attending an Illustration and Design course, the artist worked part-time as a freelance illustrator and designer. At the same time, he was slowly developing his style. Some of his early influences included Shepard Fairey’s famous Obey Giant campaign, Jim Phillips’ skate culture, hip-hop and punk rock music, and popular animated cartoons.

Some of his early influences included Shepard Fairey and Jim Phillips

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DFace – D Dog in Los Angeles (Left) / Dog Save the Queen, 2006 (Right)

The Universe of Its Own: DFace’s Characters

Working with a variety of mediums and techniques, DFace uses a family of dysfunctional characters to ridicule and hold to ransom all that falls into their grasp – a welcome jolt of subversion in today’s media-saturated environment. His aim is to encourage the public not just to ‘see’, but to look at what surrounds them and their lives, reflecting our increasingly bizarre fascination with celebrity culture, fame, consumerism, and materialism. By rethinking, editing and reversing imagery drawn from decades of materialistic consumption – currency, advertising and comic books, the artist subverts these now iconic motifs, cultural figures, and genres in order to comment upon our conspicuous society. DFace constructed the term aPOPcalyptic to describe his artworks, which can be seen in a variety of different media applying his playful, tongue-in-cheek imagery with anti-establishment values.

DFace constructed the term aPOPcalyptic to describe his work

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DFace – Going Nowhere Fast

Collaborations with the Queen and the Pope

Past examples include his collaboration with Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II on a series of banknotes that were put into circulation for an unsuspecting public to notice in their change. Then, to commemorate the instatement of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican commissioned DFace to paint a portrait. The piece was shown for the first time at the Outside Institute in May 2005, as well as on MTV Rome, receiving a critical acclaim.

The artist has put a series of coins into circulation for an unsuspecting public to notice in their change

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DFace and his coins

DFace at Auctions and Exhibitions

DFace’s paintings regularly sell at Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonhams auction houses and yet he still continues to put his work illegally into the public domain. Although he has also increasingly shown at galleries and other venues, DFace approaches these sites with the same anarchic energy as with his public pieces.

For several years, DFace was the owner of the Outside Institute, London’s first contemporary gallery primarily focused on street and urban art. Afterwards, when he decided to exhibit his works, the artist’s sell out solo shows Death & Glory, EyeCons, aPOPcalypse now, All your Dreams Belong to Us along with 2011 Los Angeles show Going Nowhere Fast, and Burn Brighter firmly founded his presence within the global contemporary market. As an only urban artist to date to be featured on the front cover of the publication Art Review, DFace is considered as one of the most prolific contemporary urban creatives of his generation.

He is represented by several galleries, such as Die Kunstagentin, Hang-Up Gallery, Ministry of Walls and Verso Contemporary.

Dean Stockton aka DFace lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

Featured image: DFace – portrait
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Wasted YouthThe Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, SpainSolo
2014Scars and Stripes PMM Art Projects, LASolo
2014EVISU x D*FACE capsule collectionEvisu Flagship storeSolo
2013America's Finest (and Others) Belgrave Gallery St Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall, EnglandGroup
2013StolenSpace Winter Group ShowStolenSpace Gallery , LondonGroup
2013New World DisorderStolenSpace Gallery , LondonSolo
2013Write and RepeatStolenSpace Gallery , LondonGroup
2012Love / Hate Stolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2012At home I'm tourist me Collectors Room Berlin, BerlinGroup
2012Toykio Loves Gol Toykio Gallery, DusseldorfGroup
2012Deck the Walls Stolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Summer Sizzlers Stolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Burn BrighterMetro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Going Nowhere FastCorey Helford Gallery, L.ASolo
2011On Every StreetSamuel Owen Gallery, ConnecticutGroup
2011Group ShowGoss-Michael Foundation Gallery, Dallas.Group
201110 Year Anniversary Show Corey Helford Gallery Los AngelesGroup
2011Wild Life Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2011Urban Art Show 2011 Belgrave Gallery St Ives, St. Ives, Cornwall (England)Group
2011Summer Group Show 11 Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2011Untagged (the white wall show) IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2011Hueless Mallick Williams, New York City, NY Group
2011Corey Helford Gallery: SCOPE Miami 2011SCOPE Miami , MiamiGroup
2011Moniker Art Fair - 2011 HighlightsVillage Underground, London Group
2011October 8th: In Celebration of the 1st Sighting of Kepler’s SuperNova Corey Helford Gallery , LondonGroup
2011ZERO TO SIXTYCorey Helford Gallery , LondonGroup
2010Summer Group ShowStolenSpace Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Fourth Element II The Watermill, Aberfeldy, Perthshire (Scotland)Group
2010Street SmartAffirmation Arts , New YorkGroup
2009All Your Dreams Belong to UsJonathan Levine Gallery, NYCSolo
2009Nu Art FestivalStavinger, NorwayGroup
2009Ludivico Aversion Therapy/All Your Dreams Are Owned By UsJonathan Levine Gallery, NYCGroup
2009Winter Warmers Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2009Self-Portrait Groupshow Circleculture Gallery - Berlin, BerlinGroup
2009Get Rich Quick Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CAGroup
2009Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Benefit Art AuctionThe Factory Place Arts Complex, Los AngelesGroup
2008aPOPcalypse nowBlack Rat Press gallery, London, England Solo
2008D*Arm/RockFace 24SF/Upper Playground, San Francisco, USASolo
2008aPOPcalypse NowLondonSolo
2008Fresh Air Smells FunnyOsnabrück Museum. GermanyGroup
2008Urban Art Auction Bonhams, London, EnglandGroup
2008White Noise Paper Works ShowBlack Rat Press, London, EnglandGroup
2008D*Arm/RockFace24SF/Upper Playground, San Francisco. USA.Group
2008Under a Red SkyStolenSpace Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2008Nu Art FestivalStavinger, NorwayGroup
2008D*Face x Shepard Fairey Gallerie Magda, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Christmas Group Show 08 Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2008Adapta Launch Exhibition: Attention Spam Schoeni Art Gallery, Hong Kong, SARGroup
2008Obey + D-face Galerie Magda Danysz, ParisGroup
2008Power and Currency Factory Fresh, New York City, NYGroup
2008Trespass Alliance: Inside Urban Art Andipa Gallery, London (England)Group
2007EyeconsO'Contemporary, Brighton, EnglandSolo
2007Group Show Leonard Street Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2007Nu Art FestivalStavinger, NorwayGroup
2007White NoiseBlack Rat Press, London, EnglandGroup
2007The Streets of EuropeJonathan Levine Gallery. New YorkGroup
2007Christmas Group Show Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2007Summer Group Show 2007 Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2006Death & GloryStolenspace gallery, London, England Solo
2006Urban FunkeBarcelona, SpainGroup
2006UK Jack, OK! - A celebration of British styleDover Street Market, LondonGroup
2006Winter Group Show 2006 Stolenspace Gallery, London (England)Group
2006Draw Tour Fuse Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Wooster On spring11 Spring Street – New York CityGroup
2005Urban Funke - Finders Keepers group exhibitBarcelona, SpainGroup
2005A Few of our Favourite Fiends Outside Institute, London, EnglandGroup
2005Adfunture London - Introducing D*DogOutside Institute, London, EnglandGroup
2005Adfunture Invasion - Introducing D*DogPixie, TaipeiGroup
2005Pictures on Walls Allmanna Galleriet Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2005Group ShowSanta’s Ghetto, London, EnglandGroup
20057th DayPimp,London, EnglandGroup
2004Love - Finders KeepersMontana Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2004Hollywood Remix Show Wooster Collective, New YorkGroup
2004Finders Keepers Hinterconti Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2004Group ShowSanta’s Ghetto ,London, EnglandGroup
2003Trajan Bar Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2002Trick or Treat Motherfucker Dreambags Jaguar Shoes, London, EnglandGroup
2001Stick ‘em up - stickers Magma, London, EnglandGroup