May 22, 1968
New London, Connecticut, United States
|Education||School of the Art Institute of Chicago|
|Known for||Painting, graphic design, graffiti|
James Marshall (born May 22, 1968), better known as Dalek, is an American artist and designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dalek has published two books featuring his artwork, as well as being included in many other books and magazines. His artwork has appeared on a wide variety of mediums, including sneakers, sculptures and a Scion car.
Life and Art
Early Life and Education
James Marshall was born in New London, Connecticut. Because he grew up in a military family, he moved quite frequently and turned to graffiti, skateboarding and punk rock to help form his identity. He graduated in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and sociology. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. From 2001 to 2002, Dalek served as assistant to the influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The six-month assistantship proved to be a major turning point in Dalek's career: "I didn't have a real set direction for how I wanted to paint. I have seen one of his (Murakami's) shows that August at the Boston Museum, and when I saw those painting close up, I realized that was the end product I wanted to see my ideas come out in. I realized I needed that sort of apprenticeship."
James has two sons, James and Shannon, with Sarah Sheridan.
Perhaps Dalek's most recognizable work is his Space Monkey, a "grinning and malevolent" character, his own vision of a human being.
- Dalek. Sonic Order Of Happiness. Brooklyn: powerHouse, 2005. ISBN 1-57687-247-5
- Marshall, James and Roger Gastman. Dalek Nickel-Plated Angels. Berkeley: Gingko Press, 2003. ISBN 978-1-58423-143-1
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