The November release of a monograph surveying the rise of D*Face means it can go straight to the top of our list to Father Christmas – it’s almost as though publishers Laurence King planned it that way, but accident or not, we’re glad of its timely arrival. The Art of D*Face: One Man and His Dog is a retrospective going right back to the beginning of Dean Stockton’s adventures in urban wonderland. A contemporary of Banksy, which he must never tire of hearing, D*Face embraced the move of urban art from strictly street to gallery acceptance, but still maintains that moving people to extremes of emotion with his work is better than the mediocrity of “nice”.
Don’t believe in Father Christmas? That’s terribly sad, but there will be a launch and exhibition of D*Face’s work at The StolenSpace Gallery, London E1, 14 November – at which a limited number of very lovely special editions of the book, complete with box and signed print (as shown at the bottom of this post), will be available. You can also pre-order a standard copy of the 344-page hardback for £28 through the gallery’s online shop.