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PT
Palais de Tokyo
Paris
Medium
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Photo: André Morin Image provided by: Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Dran
French, b. 1979

French street artist Dran uses his art to comment on issues concerning contemporary society. Being donned “the French Banksy” by some, his approach to street art is similar to the English graffiti artist in tone and message. Dran utilizes his dark sense of humor to criticize modern culture, often tackling topics concerning art, creativity, and the freedom of expression. These recurring themes in Dran’s works are often depicted through children equipped with crayons.

The artist brings to light the naturally imaginative mind of children while questioning the suppression and imprisonment of such creativity. Dran also criticizes social issues including the modern era’s rise in failed marriages, the inability of couples to connect to one another despite sharing an intimate bed, environmental destruction paving the way for more condos, overconsumption and waste. Each hard-hitting issue is presented in its own whimsical manner while retaining its heavy message.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Best on the StreetEnd to End Gallery
Masters of Urban Contemporary Art IIIEnd to End Gallery
2014
InsidePalais de Tokyo
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Dran
French, b. 1979

Attention de ne pas tomber (Be careful not to fall), 2014

Location
Paris
PT
Palais de Tokyo
Paris
Medium
Image rights
Photo: André Morin Image provided by: Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Dran
French, b. 1979

French street artist Dran uses his art to comment on issues concerning contemporary society. Being donned “the French Banksy” by some, his approach to street art is similar to the English graffiti artist in tone and message. Dran utilizes his dark sense of humor to criticize modern culture, often tackling topics concerning art, creativity, and the freedom of expression. These recurring themes in Dran’s works are often depicted through children equipped with crayons.

The artist brings to light the naturally imaginative mind of children while questioning the suppression and imprisonment of such creativity. Dran also criticizes social issues including the modern era’s rise in failed marriages, the inability of couples to connect to one another despite sharing an intimate bed, environmental destruction paving the way for more condos, overconsumption and waste. Each hard-hitting issue is presented in its own whimsical manner while retaining its heavy message.

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Inside
Other works by Dran
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b. 1978