Born in Connecticut in 1968, James Marshall, Dalek, birthed the first of thousands of ‘Space Monkey’ characters on a wall in Connecticut in 1995. Marshall grew up a Navy brat, relocating over the years to Japan and Hawaii with his family.
As he graduated with a B.S from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992, he moved to Chicago and, taking up the name ‘Dalek’, and began to work in graffiti. The first of his ‘Space Monkey’ characters emerged in 1995, the same year he graduated with a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years, that Space Monkey character has gone on to be the trigger of fascination that has fueled Dalek’s success in fine art, commercial work and toy design.
James Marshall has quickly become one of the most sought-after artists. He has had art shows all over the world, published books, done commercial work for Sony, Nike’s Presto shoe line, Levis, Calvin Klein and Rookie Skateboards. He has been part of the City of Baltimore public art project Artscape in 2002, and exhibited work at Max Fish, The Front Room, Luxe Projects, Alife, The Eighth Floor Artist Corp as well as international shows in London and Tokyo. His artwork has been featured in Juxtapoz, Tokion, NY Arts, The Colorado Daily, Relax, Art Week, New American Paintings, eye, D’art International, The Washington Post, and The New York Times etc. etc.