Anonymity and intrigue form the perfect storm for Chicago based artist DONT FRET. His signature illustrated portraits feature a combination of witty remarks rooted in societal commentary and humour. DONT FRET has been able to carve out a place in the zeitgeist that takes advantage of modern-day oversaturation by offering refined and funny critique.
DONT FRET got his start with paste ups and murals so a collaboration with UNCLE felt like a natural fit. We got to work bringing a selection of his pieces to both New York and London. The collaboration features four designs that blend irreverence with thought provoking sentiment – in a world more introspective than ever, his sharp takes feel relevant without being intrusive.
His selection of artwork worked well in the fast-paced cities as a visual break for passers-by. He used sarcasm to pose a question to a smiley face – “What is he so goddamn happy about?” in New York whilst across London he was equally tongue-in-cheek playing with politics and voting habits as well as a metaphoric fly and light – “I know it will kill me but I can’t resist it…”. Perhaps his most famous motif is portraiture and his final offering features a face behind a wall quoting “What are you hiding from? I am hiding from myself”. The collection sees DONT FRET sparking conversation on the streets – winking as he goes.
This is a collaboration with Flying Leaps who are constantly bringing forward thinking artists and their work to light. Check out their website for more on DONT FRET and other upcoming artist spotlights.