Born in 1969 in New York, NY, Todd James is an American artist who began his career as a young adult in the early 1980s in the New York City subway system. Through his adolescent graffiti works on NYC’s subway trains, painting as REAS, James mastered the practical challenges of good design at an early age. Like many other graffiti writers, he was inspired by cartoons and often channeled politics and humor into his work. But unlike most, his career seamlessly bridged the gap between the worlds of graffiti, commercial art, and fine art, and he remains both one of the most influential and inventive graffiti writers of any era.
Now an internationally acclaimed painter and graphic artist, his paintings and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including both the 2001 and 2015 Venice Biennale.
BBC ICECREAM taps the storied graffiti artist for a special Art Basel Miami 2022 exclusive capsule that highlights Todd James’ penchant for vibrant visuals, fun scenes, and colorwork. Honoring the graphic artist, SK8THING, who illustrated BBC ICECREAM's classic iconography during the early 2000s, Todd James reimagines a curation of these iconic graphics, all seen on pieces in the Todd James x BBC ICECREAM 2022 Capsule Collection.