James Marshall was born in New London, Connecticut. Because he grew up in a military family, he moved quite frequently and turned to graffiti, skateboarding and punk rock to help form his identity. He graduated in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and sociology. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. From 2001 to 2002, Dalek served as assistant to the influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The six-month assistantship proved to be a major turning point in Dalek’s career: “I didn’t have a real set direction for how I wanted to paint. I had seen one of his [Murakami’s] shows at the Boston Museum, and when I saw those paintings close up, I realized that was the end product I wanted to see my ideas come out in. I realized I needed that sort of apprenticeship.”
Perhaps Dalek’s most recognizable work is his Space Monkey, a “grinning and malevolent” character, his own vision of a human being.
Current and Previous Works by James Marshall aka Dalek
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