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dalekcat.jpg James Marshall/ Dalek

Working largely intuitively and organically, James Marshall (aka Dalek) allows each painting to become a new discovery, and the ongoing series of discoveries that defined his career have now led him far beyond his beginnings when, right out of art school, he found a new way to merge street art, cartoons, Japanese pop, and the energy of the urban punk scene. A major turning point in Marshall’s studio practice was working as Takashi Murakami’s assistant in 2001. He now goes far beyond Murakami’s “superflat” to a kaleidoscopic play of space and color that embodies the competing and conflicting forces in today’s world.

James Marshall’s new fusion of styles and ideas invite comparisons with the direction of the work of his friend Ryan McGinness, and the dazzling psychedelic compositions of Fred Tomaselli. In an era when abundance and profusion have become the subject of artworld critique, James Marshall presents a counter argument for plenitude and a generosity of spirit, qualities that all who know him have recognized as his real trademark.

After many years of thinking about American culture, high and low, James Marshall has developed what he considers his most ambitious series of new works. His new body of work revels in a profusion and hyper-abundance of color and planes of space: the familiar lines and iconic “Space Monkey” references that defined his earlier work are only a starting point for a new series of meditations on the push and pull of forces he sees in contemporary life.

Marshall has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London, among other cities, and has been featured in numerous publications, including New York Magazine, The Washington Post, V Magazine, Paper and Juxtapoz. Currently, Marshall serves as the brand artist and art program curator for Hurley International.

tristcat.jpg Tristan Eaton

Born in Los Angeles in 1978, Tristan began pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from billboards to dumpsters in the urban landscape wherever he lived, including London, Detroit and New York. Eaton designed his first toy for Fisher Price at 18 years old and has since become a driving force in the world of ‘Designer Toys‘. As a creative leader in the world of advertising, Eaton regularly consults such brands as Hasbro, Pepsi and Nike on many creative projects that span the globe and cross all mediums.

Tristan’s work can be seen at the Cooper Hewitt Museum and in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Tristan is currently the President and Creative Director of THUNDERDOG STUDIOS, INC., a prominent Los Angeles based Designer Toy Brand and Creative Agency.

seencat.jpg SEEN

Richard Mirando, known as SEEN, born 1961 in The Bronx, New York, is one of the most famous American graffiti artists. SEEN first started to paint on New York's subways in 1973. Many of the great subway painters from the late 70’s and early 80’s have fallen into oblivion, nevertheless several have been quite successful with their creativity since that period and SEEN may have been the greatest and most versatile artist from this generation of subway painters. For the next 16 years his pieces were running across the city and on all lines but especially prominent on the 2, 5 and 6 lines. SEEN quickly gained the reputation for producing full colour wholecars, he was responsible for hundreds of whole car top to bottoms many of which have become iconic images of the time.

Referred to as the Godfather of Graffiti, SEEN carries the title of being the world’s most famous graffiti artist. He is recognized as a leader of the school of Graffiti Art and has become an icon of what was once considered an underground trend but now has become an international art movement in which he is one of the most emuated artist.

But SEEN’s impact goes beyond what he has done on trains. He was among the early artists who took their art on to canvases. He was part of the landmark art show at P.S.1 New York, New Wave – 1981, which also featured Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Basquiat among others. Today, his work can be found in private collections and museums around the world.

SEEN was also a pioneer in the application of Graffiti in fashion. He began by painting graffiti inspired designs on clothing. His success inspired a number of followers and soon a trend had emerged in NYC. After exploring the graphic possibilities on clothing, SEEN was drawn to the art of tattooing and incorporated his style in creating body art. He quickly began to master the art of tattooing and his tattoo parlor became one of the largest and most popular in New York. SEEN once again showed the graffiti world another avenue in which the art form could be explored.

tadocat.jpg TADO

TADO is Mike and Katie, two happy and rather small people who stay up too late, work too much and drink too much coffee.

From their tiny home studio the pair work across a huge range of projects, from advertising work to animation, toys, childrens books and fashion for clients both big and small. Everything they do is done in total collaboration, whether its clicking, scribbling or painting.

When they're not drawing pictures for other people they enjoy putting on exhibitions of their work, including solo shows in LA, Chicago, Toronto and Paris. They like to play with cars, bicycles and anything else with wheels on it. They also enjoy gardening and one day hope to own a zoo of miniature animals.

upsocat.jpg Dustin Hostetler/ UPSO

Dustin Hostetler (aka UPSO) is a Toledo, OH-based graphic artist, curator, publisher & restaurateur. Hostetler has worked with brands such as Mountain Dew, MTV and Converse, and his artwork has been displayed in magazines, books and on gallery walls around the world. Since 2001, he has published the critically-acclaimed art magazine, Faesthetic, and has worked as a curator for companies like Threadless, Diesel and Scion.

Starting in 2010, he also became the co-owner of one of the best and longest running restaurants in Northwest Ohio, Grumpy’s Deli.