The Enigma of Neck Face has intrigued many in the States, now in his first visits to the UK, the dpmhi gallery stages as exhibition of his twisted work.
His scrawls on the streets of his hometown of San Francisco and elsewhere in New York and LA, have led the 20-year-old Neck Face to be described as the “new face of urban blight”. A disembodied hairy arm with a clawed hand is his central motif, while his other works are populated with the likes of vampires, horned fiends and even Satan himself. Grim statements such as ‘Crack Pipe For Sale’ and ‘Retards Ain’t Special’ often accompany his shakily drawn pictures, displaying his dark sense of humour.
Neck Face is a mysterious figure who has no clear stylistic predecessor and shuns connections with the graffiti scene. As well as a growing underground buzz, he has also attracted attention in mainstream press such as The New Yorker and The San Francisco Bay Guardian but, despite this fame, has only put on a handful of exhibitions so far. When not bombing the streets of american cities, Neck Face works in a variety of media, for example, engraving his characters on salvaged metal and using it to sculpt masks.
Open to the public on a sinister date, the show at the dpmhi gallery consists of original Neck Face paintings and drawings alongside collaborative wok with maharishi including a series of embroidered canvases in editions of 3 and unique pieces of embroidered recycled military clothing.