Swan is head of New Wall Enterprises, a lifestyle, design and media group, who has crafted classically influenced interiors for the past 20 years. They have worked across the United States for clients who have included captains of industry, movie studio heads, investment bankers and real estate developers.
He was recognized with the VOX/Out “Designer of the Year” award and has been featured in House &Garden, House Beautiful and the Los Angeles Times and is a featured columnist at Curbed National (www.curbed.com). His highly anticipated book, 101 Things I Hate About Your House is due out spring of 2011. His unique take on design can be found daily at http://is.gd/aYq5r. He divides his time between Beverly Hills, Boston and Maine. (www.James-Swan.com).
In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.
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Banksy (early 1970s) is an anonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on public surfaces such as walls and even going so far as to build physical prop pieces. Banksy’s first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie”, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film.