James Marshall (commonly known as the artist Dalek) made his mark in the art world with his iconic Space Monkey character, which looks like a catatonic, twisted mouse. “The Space Monkey is my concept of a human being,” he says. “It's a tool for relaying and exploring ideas,”
A major turning point in Dalek's studio practice was working as Takashi Murakami's assistant in 2001.
“Rendered in a minimalist, flat style, Dalek used the Space Monkey like an alter ego, a visual manifestation of his feelings, as well as his love for the absurdity of human interactions.”
His new body of work revels in a profusion and hyper-abundance of color and planes of space: the familiar lines and iconic Space Monkey that defined his earlier work are only a starting point for a new series of meditations on the push and pull of forces he sees in contemporary life.
Dalek has been featured in many books and magazine articles, including Dalek: Nickel Plated Angels (2003), Dalek: Sonic Order of Happiness (2005), and Street World: Urban Culture and Art from Five Continents (2007). His work has been reviewed and 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 in almost every medium &ndash skateboard decks, magazines, sneakers, sculptures and a Scion car.