Todd James: Great Adventure exhibition is currently showing at Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid, Spain through November 3, 2010. This mark’s James’ first solo exhibit in Spain.
In Great Adventure Todd James shows us his most recent works on paper and canvas, where his distinctive cartoon-like style now depicts subjects as varied as modern day Somali pirates, anthropomorphized war machines of every type, his signature women in emotionally barren landscapes, and irreverent portraits of the personnel that Western governments, with straight faces, call “peacekeeing forces.” The raw transgressive lines of these daunting compositions are rendered in a bright palette of colors.
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Self-taught, James is an important figure amongst the generation of artists who have influenced popular culture on every level during the last two decades. He began his career painting on the subways of New York City in 1982 under the name REAS. By the late 1980s he was producing landmark commercial art and logos for seminal hip hop acts and institutions such as The Beastie Boys and The Source magazine. In 2001 James was the co-creator of STREET MARKET, a major work and pioneer event of the post-graffiti movement that was subsequently selected for that year’s Venice Biennale.
James currently lives and works in New York.