Shark Toof /   Unkwown

United States

Street Art

Shark Toof
United States
June 13, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Shark Toof is a Los Angeles based artist. Shark Toof graduated from Pasadena Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1998. SHARK TOOF takes an in-depth look at the ambitious and versatile street artist. Shark Toof, best known for his emblematic visual calling card: a wheat pasted, hand drawn shark head, which the artist describes as the “perfect culmination of all my angst, protest, strength and optimism.”

Like a graffiti tag, Shark Toof has established the image as a kind of logo, deeply synonymous with the spirit and subtext of his body of work. Calling to mind the fictionalized and fantastic stylized gore of old horror movies or underground comics, Shark Toof’s apocalyptic world is graced with a sublime and dark beauty.

Using acrylic, spray paint, and house paint on distressed or reclaimed wood, Shark Toof’s bold, brash lines conveys a kind of frenzied, graphic energy and chiaroscuro reminiscent of German Expressionism wood block prints and graphic pulp novels alike.

Shark Toof has made quite a name for himself for his dangerously bold depictions of the world’s most popular and misunderstood apex predator on street corners across the US.

When asked about the genesis of his style and the reasoning behind his shark fetish, Shark Toof says, “I feel like a lot of murals are wonderful to look at, but you engage them strictly with your mind and with your eyes. I’ve always wanted to create street pieces that are fun and interactive, that you stand next to and touch and take photos with. Sharks definitely let me achieve that.”

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014I’m Shark Toof, Who The Hell Are YouInner State Gallery, Detroit Solo
2014MTN airstream trailer ProjectMiami, FloridaGroup
2013 VanguardThinkspace Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2013POWOW HawaiiGroup
2013Art Collectors Starter KitCorey Helford Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Mural DBX EventDubai United Arab EmeratesGroup
2012Book Signing and ReleaseLa Luz De Jesus, LAGroup
2012Wild At HeartThinkspace Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Picks Of The HarvestThinkspace Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Urban LegendsLA ART MACHINE, Los AngelesGroup
2012Boy, Girl, Girl, Girl, Boy, Wolf, Boy, Tiger, Girl, Girl, Leopard, Boy, "The Ping Pong Show"JosephaWatson Collection, Las VegasSolo
2012Samsung Commercialwith Lebron JamesSolo
2012OHH NATUREThe C.A.V.E. Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2011Burton Snowboard ShowcaseBurlington Vermont, USAGroup
2011Album Of NatureABV Gallery, Atlanta GeorgiaGroup
2011Living Walls Confer­enceAtlanta GeorgiaGroup
2011Nature Will Always WinLeBasse Projects, Culver CitySolo
2011Street AKA MuseumPorts­mouth Museum of Art, New HampshireGroup
2011LA Art Show Vox Humana Ritz Carlton, Los AngelesGroup
2011LA Art Show Vox Humana, Los AngelesGroup
2011RebaroqueScope Art Fair, New YorkGroup
2011Street N' LowRobert Berman Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa MonicaGroup
2011Outside/In ShowPortsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, New HampshireGroup
2011Beyond Eden Art FairLos AngelesGroup
2010Baker's DozenFountain Art Fair, MiamiGroup
2010Dreams DeferredChinese American Museum of Los Angeles, LAGroup
2010DualityCB Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010Marxist GlueHold Up Art, Los AngelesGroup
2010Small Gift Sanrio 50th AnniversaryBarker Hanger, Los AngelesGroup
2010Sugi PopPortsmouth Museum of Art, New HampshireGroup
2010Unfaithful ForeverLos Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LAGroup
2010Dead Letter PlaygroundLeo Kesting Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Viva Lost WagesJoseph Watson Collection, Las VegasSolo
2010MAYDAYBarracuda, Los AngelesSolo
2010Crazy 4 CultGallery 1988, Los AngelesGroup
2010Baker’s DozenFountain Art Fair, MiamiGroup
2010Barracuda 7769 Melrose Ave, Los AngelesSolo
2009Vamos BienMonkey House Toys & Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2009Fin "The Migration Show"Studio 1636 1636, Hollywood, CAGroup