Dalek (artist)

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James Marshall (Dalek)
James Marshall

(1968-05-22) May 22, 1968 (age 50)
New London, Connecticut, United States
EducationVirginia Commonwealth University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Known forPainting, Design, Muralist
MovementContemporary art, Urban art

James Marshall (born May 22, 1968),[1] also known as Dalek, is an American artist and designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dalek has published two books featuring his artwork and been included in many other books and magazines. His artwork has appeared on a wide variety of media, including sneakers, sculptures, and a Scion car.[2]

Life and art[edit]

James Marshall was born in New London, Connecticut, United States. 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.[2] 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 had seen one of his [Murakami's] shows at the Boston Museum, and when I saw those paintings 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."[2]

Perhaps Dalek's most recognizable work is his Space Monkey, a "grinning and malevolent" character, his own vision of a human being.[3]


  1. ^ "Dalek - Violent Pacification: An Exclusive Exhibition". 2006. Archived from the original on October 22, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Dalek Biography\website=Dalekart.com". Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  3. ^ Adams, Cey; Adler, Bill (2008). DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop. HarperCollins. p. 21. ISBN 9780061438851. Retrieved 4 September 2012.

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