Before then, L’Atlas had never produced studio work or exhibited in an art gallery. “All of a sudden, being with agnès, you felt the power and openness of spirit, openness to the world,” he said. “She’s an art patron, and when she has a common sensibility with someone, you don’t need to explain your project to her. She gets it and trusts you, like a mother. I felt that everything was possible with her.” L’Atlas said he was the youngest in the show, and exhibiting in it “was like a detonator” for his career. “I had to progress from concepts and really start painting.”
He then produced his black-and-white “Toiles Errantes” series—images of urban streetscapes that feature his paintings—and agnès b. sent him to show his work in her stores in London, New York, Tokyo, and Osaka. She allowed L’Atlas to emerge from the underground world of graffiti onto the contemporary art scene, and today, she is among his most loyal collectors. He has even taken to the catwalk in Paris twice for her: in 2007 and 2017, when he modeled the series he designed for her menswear collection.