Born in Brooklyn, New York, DAIN combines glamour and grit brilliantly. He features iconic black and white headshots of actresses from the past to the present with collage from a variety of media (advertisements, fashion magazines and found images.) in every piece, be it Brooklyn street Art or a piece for a gallery DAIN manages to balance fine art, contemporary and street art.
Dain Loves Glamour
DAIN is one of the most influential street artists to emerge from New York City, the artist intriguingly combines the visual language of graffiti with old Hollywood glamour. Often mingling a female face with male fashion styling, he creates distinct pieces with characteristics known only to his works.
It’s In The Eyes
Dain generally uses black and white photographs of pieces that speak to him, that he might just find and like. Many are Hollywood icons and many he will not even know who the model is, just finding that one anonymous piece that jumps out at him, It’s in the eyes; which is what first grabs him.
There is no rhyme or reason to the collaged pieces, they just speak to him and putting those together takes the most time. Once he has his foundation image down he begins choosing colours, painting and layering spray paint. Collage is the foundation; from there it gets easier.
Evolving His Artwork
Dain is also concentrating much more on painting now, evolving his pieces. He likes old Hollywood from the 40’s and 50’s, especially the fashion when women dressed iconic and beautifully. They didn’t show much skin and didn’t have to, you’ll notice his pieces are tasteful and the women are not revealing. Dain likes mixing the fashion of men’s suiting with a beautiful face for example. Women were beautiful with their clothes on and classic films and images made you think. You had to use your imagination.
Dain not Just Grafitti
The artist remains a mystery, with his roots in graffiti, he creates a textured form of portraiture that has its own delicate yet complex language that is all his own.
DAIN works single pieces between the street and studio and combines silk screening, spray paint, collage and acrylic. He commences the process with collage which is the foundation for the piece, using a photo that he layers with various images. He then chooses the colours for the piece after which he paints and layers spray paint onto the work. He finishes his works with his unmistakable “circle and drip” around the eye, an unintentional trademark yet clearly distinguishing factor of his dynamic works.
His gallery work has been featured in shows around the world in New York, Miami, Chicago, Portland, Montreal, Rome, London and Paris.
Recently he was chosen amongst other prominent New York Graffiti artists to work with Coach the New York Fashion house painting murals where they re-imagine the Coach Logo in different boroughs and walls in New York.
Watch a video link of Dain at work on the project
Interview with DainNYC by Powderzine magazine
Link to the next Artist: Dom Pattinson
DAINUSA / New York