「ペンキを塗りつける」という行為を意味する英語名 dunk well 80年代NYのストリートカルチャーへの敬愛に由来する。日本語のカタカナ文字をタギングしたテキストペインティングが2018年に、ニューヨーク・ブルックリンにて発表される。スクランブル交差点や繁華街などTokyoという都市特有の景観で光るデジタルサイネージや看板、広告の中で多用されるカタカナ文字をストリート表現へ転用し注目を浴びる。Dunkwellによる壁画はTokyo各所にも点在する。






Artist, born in Tokyo 

 The artist’s name "dunk well" means "paint over” in English, and refers to the 1980s New York street culture of graffiti, murals, and tagging. A text painting of his tagged with Japanese katakana characters appeared in Brooklyn, New York in 2018. His mural paintings can also be spotted throughout Tokyo. 

 Dunkwell actively explores the use of digital expression. In using portable tables, his drawings can be considered more accessible to people today than the 1980’s spray can. In placing the ubiquitous LCD monitor at the centre of his activity, Dunkwell attempts to encourage more connectivity between his work and 21st century viewers.  

In a similar way to the erosion of street graffiti over time, digital devices are also prey to the forces of time; of failure, and expiration. Indeed, although the digital device promises a timelessness, it is forever responding to upgrades and technological innovation. 

 In Dunkwell’s digital work, the left brush marks emerging on a monitor suggest the ephemeral nature of graffiti.  

He creates these strokes on a gravity-independent surface and although the texture in his work is immaterial it remains perceptible. Dunkwell's work evokes a new visual image of the 2020s, when the sketchbook is being replaced by the tablet.