Dillon Boy was born to be an artist.
Growing up in Phoenix in a "rough community," James Dillon Wright was told from a young age that his creative gift would take him places. As a teenage loner he dreamed of either playing in a band or acting in movies, but found himself drawn to art as the best way to creatively express himself with no rules.
With a strong social conscious guided by popular culture iconography, Dillon Boy's works are inspired by today's burning issues. His popular Dirtyland collection features Disney Princesses in compromising positions, challenging age-old sexual stereotypes and gender issues. His numerous captures of Wonder Woman find her in various states of power, vulnerability and romance. Dillon Boy's "pop avant garde" style is palatable to fine art connoisseurs and casual buyers alike and as such, to say this artist's future is bright would be an understatement.
Your "Dirtyland" set caught my eye and first alerted me to your work. In that collection you blend a "lowbrow" sexual approach with "famous icons" like Disney princesses. What is it about that juxtaposition that fascinates you?
"What fascinates me is all the things in this world that need to be addressed. Things like poverty, child labor, sex trafficking, war, corporate conglomerates, the list goes on and on. I use famous icons because I know that people can easily identify with these symbols and through this form of 'pop art' or 'graffiti pop' I can exploit these well-known characters with political or social overtones to convey a message or make a statement. This is only the beginning. I have so much more to say. The new Dirtyland Series will be published this summer and I can’t wait for the people’s response!"