Todd James; Yield To Temptation

It's going to be a Problem
Gouache and Graphite on Paper
380 × 300 mm
2010

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Todd James; Yield To Temptation

Streets ahead...

Unless you’re the plank who scrawls BOOBS on the garden fences of our estate, you’ll probably agree graffiti has come a long way from the territorial markings of tagging. The rise of graffiti from vandalism to art form has paved the way for many street artists to exhibit their work in more traditional gallery environments.

Todd James, who was at the forefront of the graffiti scene in New York in the 80s and 90s, is one such artist. Using a vivid palette of primary colours and a cast of simplistic yet striking figures, James looks at modern social and political issues with a fresh eye. His work is the kind you think you could do yourself, until you try (and fail miserably).

Todd James’ Yield To Temptation can be seen at Tokyo’s NANZUKA gallery until 1st July. Possibly not suitable for the kids, depending on how liberal your parenting is.

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

Installation view

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

pink nipple party
Gouache and Graphite on Paper
475 × 5200 mm
2012

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

leading the way to opportunity
Gouache and Graphite on Paper
1250 × 635 mm
2012

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

Installation view

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

Hearts and Minds
2012
oil on canvas
122 x 182 x 4 cm

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

we’re like twins
Gouache and Graphite on Paper
380 × 570 mm
2012

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

Installation view

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

9 to 5
Gouache and Graphite on Paper
380 × 300 mm
2010

Todd James; Yield To Temptation

Co-Dependant
2012
oil on canvas
46 x 36 x 4 cm

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