.Although Dean Stockton, otherwise known as the street artist D*Face, spent his youth in London, he credits New York’s graffiti scene in the eighties as a principle influence on his work.
As a teenager, Stockton began to experiment with his own graffiti style, taking influence from skateboard graphics and cartoon characters. While earning a degree in graphic design, Stockton continued to practice street art and develop a style that incorporates posters, stickers, stencils, and graffiti writing.
Stockton soon landed a job in design and advertising, but found the position allowed him little creative freedom. The job did land him, however, access to postage stickers, photocopiers, and permanent markers. Stockton soon quit his day job, and dedicated his time to his projects as D*Face.
In October 2006, he held his first major solo exhibition at London’s Stolen Space Gallery (formerly the Outside Institute), which he co-owns and curates. The following year, his Eyecons series met with approval at a sold out show at Brighton’s O Gallery. He continues to work on the street, and in galleries, and uses a variety of mediums from illustration to sculpture and installation. Although his work typically approaches political and social criticism, it remains whimsical and buoyant. His gallery, which is currently in Ely’s Yard in Brick Land, supports emerging urban artists.