In our search for some of the best artists around today, we stumbled upon DAIN, who is one of the biggest and most influential street artists to ever come out of New York City. We all know how the Big Apple can be so inspiring and filled with street art, and this guy is a classic example of an artist who mixes different styles to create distinct pieces.
DAIN blends colorful graffiti with old school Hollywood glam that is of course in black and white. Plenty of times, his images play with a female face mixed with androgynous or arguably male fashion, in a semi collage style that makes the image truly his own.
“With a love for 1940s and 50s Hollywood glamour, his work reflects appreciation for an era when women dressed beautifully, revealing very little and leaving much to the imagination,” Avant, his home gallery, writes. “DAIN selects black and white images that speak to him, often not knowing the subject of the photo but choosing an image in which he finds the eyes outstanding.”
Truly, DAIN’s style always shines through. Whether it’s a studio piece or something he works on in the streets, his collage work and spray paint, silk screens, acrylic and wheat pasting combination truly pop out and grabs your attention.
So how do you know it’s his and not some copycat? According to Avant Gallery, DAIN “finishes his works with his unmistakable ‘circle and drip’ around the eye, an unintentional trademark yet clearly distinguishing factor of his dynamic works.”
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