Cartrain is a Street artist currently living in London, He has been creating graffiti art since 2006. His works can be seen on the streets of East London, Central London and Berlin. In 2008 Damien Hirst contacted the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) demanding action be taken over works Cartrain had produced & sold online which incorporated his skull sculpture ‘For the Love of God’.
Guardian Art Critic Jonathan Jones said of the work:
“Seriously – this is an excellent dadaist collage that makes a lot of "official" contemporary art look pretentious. I thought this when I chanced on a Hirst portrait that Cartrain infiltrated into the National Portrait Gallery last year, and I think it even more looking at this image…Cartrain has done the same as all great caricaturists down the ages: created a vicious but insidiously memorable image of his target.”
The feud continued when in July 2009, Cartrain walked into Tate Britain and removed a packet of Faber Castell 1990 Mongol 482 series pencils from Damien Hirst's installation, Pharmacy. Cartrain then made a fake police "Wanted" poster, which were distributed around London, stating that the pencils had been stolen and that if anyone had any information they should call the police on the phone number advertised.
Cartrain was subsequently arrested for £500,000 worth of theft, and faced charges for what might have been the biggest art theft in British history.
In December 2009 The Metropolitan police dropped all charges against Cartrain.
Cartain’s focus was then and remains outrage at corporate greed & political complicity.
He works in a number of mediums including collage, installations, graffiti and photography.
In 2014 he produced a collage of Gilbert and George and posted it outside their home. They went on to incorporate the image into one of their artworks which they went on to display at the white cube gallery. His work has also been used by Jamie Reid, David Shrigley & Mr Brainwash.
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