D*Face’s inspiration comes from New York’s early graffiti scene. Although, he’s from the United Kingdom, he has painted walls all over the world. His work, which mixes skulls as well as economic signifiers with pop icons like Mickey Mouse or Jimi Hendrix, is a critique of the modern world, particularly consumerism and the idea of the American Dream. Although he has increasingly shown in galleries, he approaches murals with the same anarchic energy as his in situ works in public spaces.
Entitled “Looking Back”, D*Face has always been fascinated by faded advertisements or ghost signs from bygone eras, so he attempted to replicate this effect as the foreground to the mural. The text that can be seen relates to his family’s history having emigrated from Montreal circa 1915.