Year: 2010 - present
Nate Lowman's work often critiques celebrity, materialism, and gun culture—which is why he's the man responsible for the oversized bullet holes in Supreme's walls, but it's something he'd already done for galleries. Lowman may have the DGAF-attitude and lower Manhattan loft characteristic of NY cool guys, and he's even BFFs with Kids star and art gallery owner Leo Fitzpatrick, but he's more than just a handsome face. Although, he did model for Supreme's Fall/Winter 2010 lookbook. Lowman's art evolved beyond bumper sticker-inspired paintings and portraiture to a series of works that questioned the meaning of the smiley-face. Given the rise of emoji culture, Lowman's early commentary on the deceptive nature of emoticons signifies a cultural critic with his eyes ahead of the curve.