Todd James

Todd James, °1969, New York, USA

Emerging on the street art scene of New York under the name REAS when he was 17 years old, Todd James creates acrylic paintings on canvas that retain the graphic nature of his early graffiti work. Distinguished by their hard-edged blocks of Day-Glo and neon colors that congeal into figurative compositions, James’s work ranges from the sexual—nude and scantily clad women—to the more political—gun-toting figures in tropical environs. Such subjects retain a sense of lightness through the artist’s buoyant use of color. His work draws from his diverse set of experiences; it demonstrates affinities with his former collaborators Steve Powers and Barry McGee, while its offbeat pop sensibility aligns it with musicians such as the Beastie Boys and Miley Cyrus and reflects his background in making puppets for a comedy series.

Todd James Not Here Right Now, 2017 Gouache & Graphite on paper 57 x 38,5 cm
Todd James Oh Hello There, 2017 Gouache & Graphite on paper 38,5 x 28,5 cm
Todd James You’ve Been Naughty Again, 2017 Gouache & Graphite on paper 38,5 x 28,5 cm
Todd James Like a Boss, 2017 Gouache & Graphite on paper 38,5 x 28,5 cm
Todd James Carpet Cat, 2017 Gouache & Graphite on paper 50 x 35,5 cm
Todd James Best of Times, 2017 Gouache & Graphite on paper 38,5 x 28,5 cm