Todd James / Reas

Todd James (aka REAS) is an internationally recognised artist who began his career as a child in the New York City subway system, and who remains one of graffiti's best-known elder statesmen to this day. Co-creator of the seminal Street Market exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York, his recent subject matter of grinning aircraft carriers, lounging blondes, sneaky missiles, beleaguered tanks, and skulls wearing sailor suits, evokes a comic book sense of horror at the modern world and pity for those that live in it. James' death-ink warplanes and battleships have a chunky authority, while his stealth bombers and cheering bikini models jostle for space with partying warships, creating a feverish mix of complex mayhem. These paintings are psychologically and literally unstoppable: The situations they depict are in full swing and degenerating by the moment, and are deeply connected to the reality of our world today. Todd James lives and works in New York City.