This article has an unclear citation style.(January 2023)
|Alma mater||School of Visual Arts (SVA)|
Neck Face (born 1984 in Stockton, California) is a graffiti artist known for a naïve and humorous style. His works have been shown in art galleries as well as on the streets.
Early life and education
Neck Face grew up in a large family and two of his brothers ran a graffiti shop where he spent a lot of time. He began tagging in Stockton, California during his junior year in high school. He went to The School of Visual Arts in New York City, but said "I went to art school for two years and realized that it sucked... and dropped out"
Neck Face's style can be described as naïve and scratchy. His themes have a bloody, violent and medieval feel to them. Obvious influences are heavy metal and latrinalia. His gallery works stay true to his style, and include drawings and paintings, as well as metal masks, felt installations, and sculptures.
In 2005 his work was prominently visible from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. He has painted throughout the United States, and in Melbourne, Sydney, Copenhagen, and Tokyo.
He started by making stickers and putting them up in Stockton and Lodi, California. Then his work spread to San Francisco. The attention he received from his street work allowed him to move into art galleries. Neck Face's first gallery show was when he was 18-years-old and was sponsored by Rich Jacobs and held at New Image Art gallery in West Hollywood, California. He's shown in the New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, One Grand Gallery in Portland, the Dactyl Foundation in New York, and the OHWOW Gallery in Miami.
As a skateboarder, Neck Face has helped design for Baker Skateboards, and is the Art Director for Baker Skateboards. Neck Face has also collaborated with Vans, Stüssy and Altamont Apparel. His first skateboard art was for famous skateboarder Mark Gonzales. The then 18-year-old Neck Face was asked to provide a design for the Krooked board. After his first board with Gonzales he was introduced to Kevin 'Spanky' Long and started to create boards for him and the Baker skateboard brand.
- 2012 Neck Face "A Deal with the Devil", One Grand Gallery in Portland, OR
- 2012 Neck Face "Simply the Worst", New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA
- 2010 Neck Face Into Darkness, OHWOW Los Angeles
- 2009 Neck Face "Return to the Womb," V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2009 Neck Face at OHWOW, Miami, Florida in October
- 2007 Closed casket, Dactyl Foundation, New York, USA
- 2006 The Night After Halloween, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, USA
- 2005 Monster Children, Sydney, Australia
- 2005 DPMHI, London, U.K.
- 2004 Witch Hunt, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, USA
- Neck Face (2004). Neck Face: Satan's Bride!!!. KAWS.
- Neck Face (2010). Neck Face: The Devil Made Me Do It!!!. OHWOW.- Total pages: 156
- ^ Nolan 2008
- ^ a b c "San Francisco Bay Guardian | Arts and Entertainment". 2012-01-14. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
- ^ a b c d Gavin 2005
- ^ a b "SHARP OBJEX - ART - ART REVIEW: NECKFACE". 2012-03-02. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
- ^ a b c d e Braun 2018
- ^ Grace 2005
- ^ a b Scime 2009
- Braun, Maximilian (2018). "Neck Face/ Unknown". WideWalls. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Gavin, Francesca (May 20, 2005). "Devilish street art from the West Coast". BBC. Archived from the original on July 8, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Grace, Melissa (September 7, 2005). "Art Genius or Pain in the 'Neck Face'?". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on April 18, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Nolan, Hamilton (December 10, 2008). "Meet The Real Neckface". Gawker . Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Scime, Erica (August 28, 2009). "Art Review: Neckface". Sharp Objex. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Spears, Lori (July 22, 2009). "Neck Face is not a crackhead - Surviving face skids and ducking fans from NYC to Tokyo, Neck Face becomes the new art-world target". San Francisco Bay Guardian. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Stephenson, Hunter (November 9, 2009). "Neckface Movie Trailer". slashfilm. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- VICE Staff (March 22, 2007). "Neck Face, Brooklyn's most love/hate-ed graffiti artist, takes Patrick on a tour of some of his all-time favorite tags". Vice Media. Retrieved April 19, 2018.