Todd James

B. 1969, New York, NY, USA. Lives and works in New York, NY, USA

  • Todd James
    Secrets Within, 2018
    Acrylic on canvas
    101.6 x 152.4 cm
    40 x 60 in

  • Todd James
    zoomin, 2015
    Acrylic on canvas
    183 x 214 cm
    72 x 84 in


Todd James is a contemporary American artist best known for his brilliantly colored cartoonish paintings. James’s work fuses his experience as a graffiti artist, with art history, pop culture, sexuality, and violence, informed by images from the onslaught of media in our 24/7 news cycle. His paintings appropriate topical subject matters, reproducing them as tranquil scenes that offer a moment of contemplation from intimate home scenes to Somali pirates to fighter jets.

Born in 1969 in New York, NY, James spent his young adulthood plastering the New York subway system with graffiti. Using the tag-name REAS, James’s graffiti developed into the graphic aesthetic he is recognized for today. James currently lives and works in New York, NY.

James was first exhibited in 2000 in the exhibition “Street Market” at Deitch Projects with the artists Stephen Powers and Barry McGee. His success has led to further acclaim among the art world, highlighted by his inclusion in the 2001 Venice Biennale. His works have been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, UASA; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; and Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

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