Raleigh-based artist, James Marshall was born in New London, Connecticut. Because he grew up in a military family, he moved quite frequently and turned to graffiti, skateboarding and punk rock to help form his identity. He graduated in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology and sociology. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. From 2001 to 2002, Marshall served as assistant to the influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The assistantship proved to be a major turning point in Marshall's career: "I didn't have a real set direction for how I wanted to paint. I have seen one of his (Murakami's) shows that August at the Boston Museum, and when I saw those painting close up, I realized that was the end product I wanted to see my ideas come out in. I realized I needed that sort of apprenticeship." For Marshall, this collaborative energy is essential. He finds creating in situ with a crew “liberating and enlightening, as opposed to a situation where I come into a space with pre-made paintings, hang them on a wall, have an opening and go home. That whole experience seems so archaic now.”
Perhaps his most recognizable work is his Space Monkey character. The Space Monkey character was a major focus of his artwork since he first created the creature in 1995. During this phase, Marshall merged street art, cartoons, Japanese pop art and the energy of the punk scene which he associated himself with.
In 2007, Marshall reached a major turning point in his career. In a show at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC he dropped his moniker of "Dalek" and began using his real name. With this change he exhibited for the first time a new series or geometric- abstract paintings that were complex and layered.
Marshall has exhibited widely across the globe. He is the brand artist for skate gear maker Hurley International and collaborates on design with Nike. Recent public art commissions include two murals at The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), the Instagram sponsored Pulbic Art Park in Brooklyn, NY, a site specific installation inside CAM Raleigh, and several temporary public installations with Hurley in California. He has written two books: "Sonic Order Of Happiness". Brooklyn: powerHouse, 2005 and "Dalek Nickel-Plated Angels". Berkeley: Gingko Press, 2003.