Todd James  (American, 1969) 

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Todd James (American, b.1969) is a New York street artist who has achieved international acclaim. As a young child, he called himself REAS and began painting graffiti on the New York subway system as well as on local streets. He soon earned the respect of other taggers and graffiti artists; as an adult, James was able to translate his talent for graffiti into salable artwork. James created album covers for musicians, including Eminem, Kid Rock, and Mobb Deep; he is best known for having created the logo for the Beastie Boys' 1987 album, Brooklyn Dust Elephant. James also used his ability to create graffiti to make commercial artwork for clients, including The Source and Cartoon Network. He currently works as the design director for the Comedy Central program "Crank Yankers."

Although James is best known for his commercial artwork, he also has had some success exhibiting his line drawings at galleries. His line drawings are usually of women. The artist depicts these women as doing everyday activities such as shopping, working out, or talking on the telephone. James was introduced to the gallery scene in 2000 when he collaborated on the Indelible Market exhibition with Steve Powers (American, b.1968) and Barry McGhee (American, b.1966). All three of these artists are former graffiti artists who decided to use their talents in a more productive manner. The exhibition of their work was initially shown in New York. It was also chosen for the 2001 Venice Biennale in Italy and the 2002 Liverpool Biennial in England. In 2004, James participated in a documentary film and art project about graffiti artists entitled Beautiful Losers. This project explored the graffiti art world and featured interviews with James and some of his contemporaries. It was shown at various art museums throughout the United States and Europe, starting with the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH.

James had solo exhibitions at museums in Europe throughout the 2000s. He continues to live and work in New York.

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Todd James, B-boy faces

 

Todd James
B-boy faces
2013

Galería Javier López
Todd James, Untitled

 

Todd James
Untitled
2013

Galería Javier López
Todd James, Woman

 

Todd James
Woman
2013

Galería Javier López
Todd James, Untitled

 

Todd James
Untitled
2013

Galería Javier López
Todd James, If I Were A Rich Man

 

Todd James
If I Were A Rich Man
2012

Sandra Gering Inc
Todd James, B-Boy Heads (Yellow)

 

Todd James
B-Boy Heads (Yellow)
Sandra Gering Inc
Todd James, Reas (Red, Black & Yellow)

 

Todd James
Reas (Red, Black & Yellow)
Sandra Gering Inc
Todd James, We Heart Graffiti

 

Todd James
We Heart Graffiti
Sandra Gering Inc
Todd James, FB-n-S

 

Todd James
FB-n-S
2008

Sandra Gering Inc
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Todd James, Untitled (Tank)

 

Todd James
Untitled (Tank), 2001
acrylic and pencil on paper

 

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Todd James, Sans titre

 

Todd James
Sans titre, 2002
gouache and charcoal on paper

 

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1969   Born in New York, USA
  Lives and works in New York City
2011   Volta, V1 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2011   Art in the Streets, The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA,Los Angeles, USA
2010   Brush Strokes, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010   Album exhibition, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010   Infinity Lessons, ALICE gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2010   Great Adventure, Galería Javier López, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2010   Make My Burden Lighter, Gering & López Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2010   Make My Burden Lighter, Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York (solo)
2009   The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009   Blood & Treasure, LazInk Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2009   The Paper Chasers, Ohwow, New Zealand
2009   Disaster, Monster Children Gallery, Australia (solo)
2009   Double Disaster, Don't Come Gallery, Australia (solo)
2009   Don't Stop Get it Get it, Colette, Paris, France (solo)
2008   The Outsiders, The Lazarides Gallery, NYC, USA
2008   Destruction of Atlantis, Union Gallery London, UK
2007   Paper Trails, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007   Zoo Art Fair, represented by V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2007   Berlin Preview, represented by V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2007   Art Copenhagen, represented by V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2007   Volta Show 03, Basel, represented by V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2007   Trouble, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
2006   High Math, V1 Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark
2006   Arkitip – Todd James and Kaws, Tokyo, Japan
2006   Arkitip – Todd James and Kaws, Venice Beach, USA
2005   Beautiful Losers, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, USA
2005   Beautiful Losers, Orange County Museum of Art, USA
2004   Beautiful Losers, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, USA
2004   Beautiful Losers, San Fransisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, USA
2002   Beloved Fiend, Tate Liverpool Biennial, U.K.
2002   Pot o Gold 3, PAM Gallery Australia
2001   Tits and Ass, Huston Gallery, USA
2001   Pot o Gold 2, PAM Gallery Australia
2000   Street Market, Deitch Projects, USA
2000   Street Market, Parco Gallery, Japan
2000   Untitled 2000, Japan Group show Kieth harring Foundation, 2000, Todd James
2000   Street market, Venice Biennale 2000, Italy
2000   Street Market, with Todd James, Steve Powers, Barry McGee, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2000   Street Market, with Todd James, Steve Powers, Barry McGee, Parco Gallery, Japan
2000   Untitled 2000, Japan Group show Keith Haring Foundation, Japan
1999   Indelable Market, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philladelphia, USA
1998   Daze/Crash with guest Reas, Recent Works, Pallazzo Enrico Coveri, Florence, Italy
1998   Adventures of the Four Letter Word, Todd James, Steve Powers
   Beloved Fiend – the art of Todd James
   Attitude Dancer # 1
   Attitude Dancer # 2
   Street Market
   Beautiful losers