McGee’s work critiques consumerist culture and the constant backdrop of commercialism in everyday interactions; rejecting the billboard and chain store, McGee instead finds inspiration in the seeming randomness of graffiti, the endless uploading of images on the internet, and the creative styling of misfits. McGee’s work succeeds in its sensitive balance between anarchy and collaboration, resulting in environments which immerse the viewer in his singular, yet inclusive, vision.
Throughout his career, artist Barry McGee (@barrymcgeeart) has explored as many mediums as he has monikers. Making his name in the graffiti subculture of California’s Bay Area under names including Twist, Ray Fong and Bernon Vernon, McGee’s works draw from a variety of influences including comic books, skateboarding and social activism.
One of his most iconic large public works adorns the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York, but smaller scale pieces can be spotted in major cities around the world and explored on Instagram through the #BarryMcGee hashtag.
A look at influential Bay Area painter and street artist Barry McGee’s exciting new work at Ratio 3 gallery in San Francisco. His show, “China Boo” is up through December 19th, check it out if you can!