Dalek A.K.A James Marshall

American artist and designer James Marshall acquired his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 three years after he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and sociology.

Date of Birth: May 22, 1968
Location: New London, Connecticut

About Dalek

James “Dalek” Marshall is an American painter who currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He grew up in a military family and moved frequently around the globe. He lived around the East Coast, Hawaii and Japan. Marshall was attracted to the subcultures of punk rock, graffiti and skateboard. His famous Space Monkey character was born out of graffiti, which he discovered in 1994 in California and later continued in Chicago.
After an education in anthropology and sociology, followed by receiving a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, Marshall kept working under the Dr. Who inspired name “Dalek” to merge graffiti and street art with influences from animation, japanese pop and the energy of the urban punk movement. From 2001 to 2002, Dalek served as assistant to the influential world-renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

The familiar shapes and lines that defined earlier work by Dalek have been renewed and turned into a new set of signature elements. By fragmenting, abstracting and obscuring the figural component within its hectic environments, Marshall’s direction has evolved yet remains cohesive. His canvases feature brightly hued flat colors painted in defined planes of space, forming shapes and optical perspectives separated by precise geometric line-work.
Dalek has published three books and was published in many magazines. His books are Dalek: Nickel Plated Angels (2003), Dalek: Sonic Order of Happiness (2005) and Street World: Urban Culture and Art from Five Continents (2007). His work had been featured in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Tokion, Juxtapoz, Art Papers, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and NYArts. His design work has appeared over the years in almost every medium.

Recent Exhibitions

“And There Was War In Heaven” – 2009 Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY

“DALEK & DELTA” – 2009 Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London UK

“DALEK + Mike Giant” – 2009 Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris France

“The Vader Project” – 2009 Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA

“Overweight” – 2008 Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC

“Made In America” – 2008 Galerie Choque Cultural, Sao Paulo Brazil 

“Diseased” – 2007 Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin Germany

“Desperate, Rejected & Angry” – 2007 Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY

“DALEK: Violent Pacification” – 2006, Richard Goodall Gallery Manchester, UK