Pop Culture and Iconic Art History Mashups from the Father of Stencil Art
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 criticized by some fans as unoriginal, however Banksy has been quoted saying, "Every time I think I've painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well. Only twenty years earlier..."
Framed: 34 3/8 x 45 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches.
In excellent condition; adhered to mat with mat tape.
Signature: Signed to the lower right and numbered to the lower left. Artist's blindstamp "The Black Rat Press" on lower right.
Black Rat Press
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