Antonio “Shades” Agee, a Detroiter from birth and one of the first documented graffiti artists from the Motor City. With a Jazz musician as a father, Shades was surrounded by the sounds of legends like Nat "King" Cole and Frank Sinatra from his early years. He was out in the streets doing “graffiti” before the hip-hop phenomenon hit Detroit and became a house hold name. He has the ability to create stunning works of art with urban street flare, a talent that has given him the opportunity to produce graffiti around the world through commissioned and “legal” contracts. Dating back to the early 90's, Shades has built his roster of clients for whom he creates custom murals and canvases. This list includes automotive players like Chrysler, Ford and Toyota and major organizations like Universal Studios, World Cup, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Pandora & Vitamin Water. Also, Shades has two pieces archived at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and has exhibited at C-Pop Gallery, Motor Gallery, and others. His clientele collects anything he puts his hands on and he has been a force in the evolution of graffiti as a world renowned art form from his early years. For more information please visit shadesdet.com
2002 - Present
Commision Artist / City of Detroit/Chicago
1992 - Present
Self employed Artist / "Shades"
Have been working in the city of Detroit for 10years or more as a working artist.
1989 - Present
Owner / ShadesDET LLC
I am a independent artist. I do commission work for various clients around the world. I also do art shows.
While most of the stuff i post is finished product ... heres a time-lapse of the Chrysler #pacificaPlayZone area That is now on tour with the #NAIAS autoshow2016 and is the background of the new vehicle and its new functions.... Thanx George P. Johnson Experience Marketing for letting me live in their space for a couple of days and enjoy the Biggest spray room EVER!!! (Thanx so Much Barry & Sean... U guys made this awesome!!)
Here's a small clip from what was done down in #Miami at #artbaselMiami when i collaborated w/ FIAT USA X Revolt TV and had a BLAST with #VJ Hanna rad while actually painting a #Fiat #500x live while a party was set around the whole deal! Enjoy! #CiaoBaby #Shades
What a great start for #2016 .... With the collaboration with really cool people in this city!! #Detroit ... The #DetroitDonates meters that I designed will be placed in 14 locations (many more to come) around the metro area for Donations to the #Homeless ... I'm so #Honored and #humbled to be involved with a project that is really close to home and something I truly believe in!! #Thankful #Blessed Stay Tuned to more updates and locations as the numbers are growing for demand!! #shadesdet #Graffiti #Aerosolart
Graphite Meters raising money for the homeless and panhandling in Detroit. These meters can also be customized to your company brand.... #DetroitDonates
20 locations across downtown Detroit coming very soon. ™@tompaps #shadesdet #aerosolart #Detroit #DetroitDonates #Homeless #Charity #GoodCause ™@shadesdet
here is the link for bidding on the Charity couches (Including mine) that was hosted by Detroit Design Festival and was sponsored by Art Van Furniture Proceeds will benefit Tap gallery... Place Bids when its up.... Good luck on your picks!!
link to bid: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/271997132845?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
Outside NOIR LEATHER working on a new set of Lips for the repainted wall that Keith asked me to do 6yrs ago with my old version of my known lip design... heres a really cool vid of me doing what I do! thanx for the vid Sync Media Management
Im so honored and grateful to be included in this years group of Detroiters that are celebrated for having pride in appearance as well as thier work..... Thanx so much to Chuck Bennett for the add ... Jenny Risher for the Amazing Pic ... and also Hour Detroit for letting this old guy in the mag! hahahahaha Its in the sept issue ... pic it up or download , which ever way ... Check it out!!
Rolled up in the new FIAT USA 500x with paint and room to spare for this ArtPrize mural I'm doing in Grand Rapids along the rapids at Dixth street park. Come by if your around. Thanx Richard App Gallery for the invite... SO MUCH FUN!
The canvas was a special request. I had the honor of painting this for this adorable girl and her sister. Thanx Jennifer for letting me be a part of this cool room! Jennifer Lasco Real Estate Tremaine Group Fenton Michigan
I'm Happy to say the first wave of design your own #shadesdet sweats are up and waiting for your orders. You can custom design with several "Shades" known logos and caricatures.... front/back/color and size just for you!!! I'm honored and a percentage of the purchase will go to a local non profit that benefits children in art education..... Thanx so much for your support in advance! #detroit #graffiti #honored #blessed you can order online at. http://www.mylocker.net/my/shop/inspired-by-detroit/index.html