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This work is an homage to artists and friends Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Portraying the later in a flat, Warholian style, D*Face inserts his iconic cartoon horns. Entitled “Sado Samo,” D*Face honors Basquiat’s tragic death at the age of 27 by juxtaposing his graffiti tag SAMO, with the name of 18th century Korean Prince Sado, who was sentenced to death by his own father at the age of 27.
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D*Face, born Dean Stockton (English, b. 1978), is a London-based street artist fascinated by love, loss, and the immortalization of celebrities. Thematically, D*Face draws on personal experiences and the consumerist impulses of modernity’s fascination with the media and technology. Using a variety of different mediums, the artist aims to encourage the public not to just “see,” but to look at what surrounds them and their lives. By re-thinking, reworking and subverting imagery drawn from decades of advertising, comic books, cartoons, and pop-culture, D*Face uses these motifs, cultural figures, and genres to comment on our conspicuous capitalist society.