Neck Face

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Neck Face
Born 1984
Nationality  United States

Neck Face (born 1984 in Stockton, California) is an anonymous graffiti artist. He is known for his frightening drawing style and humorous writings.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Neck Face began tagging in Stockton, California during his junior year in high school. From 1998 to 2002, Neck Face attended Bear Creek High School and Tokay High School. Neck Face claims he gained most of his art knowledge during elementary school, saying, "I think I learned more in school in the earlier years than the later years. I think if you are a teacher, you should teach the kid as much as you can in the beginning years of school."[3] He gained notoriety through his self-made stickers throughout nearby towns of Stockton and Lodi, California, where his works first showed up on public objects.[4] Later, as his graffiti techniques evolved, his work spread to San Francisco, where his name can still be seen on many newspaper stands and walls throughout the city.[1] He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY for two years before dropping out.[2][4]

The attention Neck Face received from his street work allowed him to move his work off the streets and into the art galleries. Galleries that have shown his artwork include the New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, the Luggage Store in San Francisco, One Grand Gallery in Portland, the Dactyl Foundation in New York, and the OHWOW Gallery in Miami.[4] Neck Face has been compared to Banksy, and described as "generally superfamous in the cool parts of the art world."[5]

Artwork[edit]

Neckface Begins.jpg
Neckface Old Lady.jpg

Neck Face's style can be described as naïve and scratchy.[citation needed] His themes have an estranging, violent and medieval feel to them.[citation needed] Obvious influences are heavy metal and latrinalia.[1][2]

One public art piece appropriated the sign on an abandoned storefront of the store "My Old Lady" in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood; he painted under that "...♥'s Neck Face". Recent renovations to the storefront,[citation needed] however, have removed the sign.[citation needed]

In 2011 Neckface visited Bangkok, Thailand to do graffiti in the street.[6]

In 2005, to the displeasure of nearby residents and building superintendents,[citation needed] his work was prominently and repeatably visible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.[7]

In addition to appearing across billboards and buildings in the United States, Neck Face's work can be seen internationally in places such as Melbourne, Sydney, Copenhagen and Tokyo.[citation needed]

Gallery works follow Neck Face's familiar style but are not limited to drawings and paintings. Shows have included for example sharp metal masks, felt installations and sculptures.[1]

In an interview on Epicly Later'd, Neck Face describes using water colors in his artwork as "I get the water color and then I just f*#k it up". In this same interview he acknowledges King Diamond as a major influence.

Commercial projects[edit]

As a skateboarder himself, Neck Face has helped design for Baker Skateboards in the past, and was recently appointed Art Director for Baker Skateboards.[4] Neck Face has also collaborated with Vans and other brands.

There is an all-access documentary featuring Neck Face in the works that started as a long term project in 2005 by director Ty Evans. It as yet has no expected release date.[8]

Neck Face has also held exhibitions of his artwork:

2012 Neckface "A Deal with the Devil", One Grand Gallery in Portland, OR
2012 Neckface "Simply the Worst", New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA
2010 Neckface Into Darkness, OHWOW Los Angeles
2009 Neckface "Return to the Womb," V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark
2009 Neckface at OHWOW, Miami, Florida in October
2007 Closed casket, Dactyl Foundation, New York, USA (solo)
2007 Rehearsal for death, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (with Weirdo Dave)
2006 The Night After Halloween, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, USA (solo)
2005 Monster Children, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2005 DPMHI, London, U.K. (solo)
2004 Witch Hunt, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, USA (solo)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Neck Face (2004). Neck Face: Satan's Bride!!!
  • Neck Face (2010). Neck Face: The Devil Made Me Do It!!!

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gavin, Francesca (2005-05-20). "Devilish street art from the West Coast". BBC. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Spears, Lori. "Neck Face is not a crackhead". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  3. ^ Epicly Later'd - Neck Face. VBS. 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d Scime, Erica (2009-08-28). "Art Review: Neckface". Sharp Objex. 
  5. ^ Nolan, Hamilton (2008-12-10). "Meet the Real Neckface". Gawker. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  6. ^ http://followgram.me/non_refoulement/242470970553890702_1393420
  7. ^ Grace, Melissa (2005-09-07). "Art genius or pain in the 'Neck Face'?". New York Daily News. 
  8. ^ Slashfilm.com

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