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Blek Le Rat was spraying stencils well before the celebrated artists Banksy and Bambi were marking streets. Although titled Running Man, there is much debate surrounding the subject of this stencil—is the man actually running or is he stubbing his toe? Blek le Rat's simplistic rendering of the stencil has been …

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Signed to the lower right and numbered to the lower left. Artist's blindstamp "The Black Rat Press" on lower right.

Blek le Rat’s monochromatic stencils and irreverent riffs on pop culture and art history have greatly influenced contemporary street art; Banksy, in particular, has admired the artist’s work. While Blek le Rat—whose real name is Xavier Prou—has produced stylized depictions of iconic figures such as the Mona Lisa and Princess Diana, he is best known for his signature stenciled rats, which began to appear around Paris in the 1980s. The French artist’s work is inspired by the compositions of Old Masters such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Guido Reni, and Leonardo da Vinci. His street art has appeared in cities across the world, and he has exhibited in New York, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and beyond. Blek le Rat’s recent output demonstrates a keen social engagement and focuses on issues of homelessness and marginalization in urban spaces.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2021
Street Kings: RISK + Blek le RatWest Chelsea Contemporary
2020
Deck The Walls - Urban Contemporary ArtEnd to End Gallery
2016
BLEK LE RAT – THE MAN WHO WALKS THROUGH THE WALLSGalerie Kronsbein
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Running Man, 2008

Silkscreen on paper
41 × 29 in
104.1 × 73.7 cm
Edition 47/75
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Blek Le Rat was spraying stencils well before the celebrated artists Banksy and Bambi were marking …

Medium
Signature
Signed to the lower right and numbered to the lower left. Artist's blindstamp "The Black Rat Press" on lower right.

Blek le Rat’s monochromatic stencils and irreverent riffs on pop culture and art history have greatly influenced contemporary street art; Banksy, in particular, has admired the artist’s work. While Blek le Rat—whose real name is Xavier Prou—has produced stylized depictions of iconic figures such as the Mona Lisa and Princess Diana, he is best known for his signature stenciled rats, which began to appear around Paris in the 1980s. The French artist’s work is inspired by the compositions of Old Masters such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Guido Reni, and Leonardo da Vinci. His street art has appeared in cities across the world, and he has exhibited in New York, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and beyond. Blek le Rat’s recent output demonstrates a keen social engagement and focuses on issues of homelessness and marginalization in urban spaces.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)

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