Pop Culture and Iconic Art History Mashups from the Father of Stencil Art
Size: 39 x 47 cm; 39 x 39 cm; 32x12 cm
Size: 15.35x 18.5 in 15.35 x15.35 in 12.59 x 4.72 inches
Signature: Signed 3 times on the Plexi glass
Those 3 pieces are illustrated in a Book published in San Francisco. Blek le Rat: The 30 Year Anniversary Retrospective publication features private family photos, point and shoot images of graffiti artwork from around the world, and full-color gallery reproductions of prolific stencil graffiti artist Xavier Prou, "Blek le Rat." The book is separated into two distinct sections: "Street Art" and "Fine Art," both of which are augmented by the writing of celebrated scholars, critics, fellow artists, journalists, collectors, and more. Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 images, Blek le Rat: The 30 year Anniversary Retrospective offers the first full history of this seminal artist's tradition and legacy.
One of the godfathers of the European street art movement, Blek le Rat inspired hundreds of artists around the world with his stenciled style. He is frequently cited as a major influence of artists like Banksy and Space Invader. He established a style of urban art that quickly spread through Europe and eventually the United States. Long before graffiti artist Banksy set up residency on the streets of New York or spray painted rodents around London, Prou was stenciling intricate figures around the world. Painting by the Seine in the early '80s - he has said he was the second person to make street art in Paris.
Private Collection, CA
Pioneering French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat counts the infamous Banksy among his many admirers. Using stencils instead of stylized lettering for graffiti, Blek was one of the first true street artists. Originally known for stenciling a giant graphic image of a rat all over Paris, which to him symbolized both freedom and the dissemination of art through the city as if it were the plague, in recent years Blek’s work has become more political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. His posters of kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas helped raised public awareness of her situation, pressuring politicians and journalists to work harder for her release.
French, b. 1951, Boulogne-Billancourt, France