Announcing D*Face as the Signature Artist for art’otel London Hoxton


Once declared by Banksy as the sticker king of London,Dean Stockton, or D*Face as hes more commonly known, has spent the last two decades doing just as the moniker suggests: playfully defacing political figures, cultural phenoms, and everything in between. So, when it was time to choose a collaborator for our flagship London location, the local legend was a perfect fit.  

Were bouncing off the (soon to be) eye-popping walls of artotel London Hoxton to announce D*Face as our next Signature Artist!  


He’s a mixed-media wunderkind who, amidst other urban contemporaries (chief among them OBEY’s Shepard Fairey) helped forge the urban art scene as it’s known today and ran that irreverent skate-punk spirit from the streets of his hometown to galleries worldwide.   


It’s easy to understand why his work resonates with cool kids and serious collectors alike—whether it’s a massive mural or a tiny sticker, there’s a consistent (and relatable) thread of desire, dystopia and dysfunction throughout that sometimes nods to the zeitgeist, often lifts a cheeky middle finger to the establishment, and always looks stylish as hell.  

I wanted to encourage people to not just to see, but to look at what surrounds them and their lives, reflecting our increasingly bizarre popular culture, re-thinking and reworking cultural figures and genres to comment on our ethos of conspicuous consumption. A Pandoras box of bittersweet delights, sweet and sugary on the surface, but with an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, taste beneath. 

Stockton uses American pop art like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as a foundation to satirise consumerism, celebrity, and excess; but hes created generation-defining pop-culture iconography of equal measure (album covers for the likes of Blink-182 and Christina Aguilera, just to name a couple). D*Face characters have become as recognisable as Warhol soup cans, and thats what makes them as fun and exciting as ever to spot on the street corners of London or Parisor your hotel room.  

 Indoors, Stockton runs his own fine art gallery, StolenSpace (formerly Outside Institute), a staple of London’s art-loving Whitechapel neighbourhood where he’s held sell-out solo exhibitions since 2006. He’s also been featured at Saatchi Gallery in London, Malaga’s CAC Museum, Corey Helford in Los Angeles, and Seibu Shibuya in Tokyo—a portfolio that speaks to the universal appeal of, in his own words, “a welcome jolt of subversion in today’s media-saturated environment.”  


With this ethos in mind, it makes sense that Stockton has been selective about the brands he collaborates with. The lucky few include Penguin Books, Triumph Motorcycles, Uniqlo and, of course, OBEY. Up next: art’otel London Hoxton, a fittingly large-scale canvas for a creative of his monumental stature. Watch this space. 

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