Barry McGee

American, b. 1966

A revered figure in a bi-coastal subculture that comprises skaters, graffiti artists, and West Coast surfers, Barry McGee creates drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations that address the struggles of contemporary urban life. Operating under the tag ‘Twist’, McGee became known for his stylized images of hobos, liquor bottles, and screws painted on walls and subway cars. He is a prominent member of the Mission School, a group of artists that emerged from San Francisco's Mission District in the late 1990s and whose handmade aesthetic and DIY attitude contrasted with the dot-com gentrification of the area during that time. McGee has participated in multiple international biennales and been featured in exhibitions at major art institutions such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.