Invader, ‘Warhol and Banana’, 2013, Julien's Auctions
Invader, ‘Warhol and Banana’, 2013, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 16 1/2 x 13 in.

Ditching spray paint for tile and grout, Space Invader is known internationally for his pixelated aesthetic, with his figures gracing the facades of buildings in major cities across the globe. In 2000, Invader made his foray into the world of contemporary art, creating and exhibiting his pieces to sell in traditional brick and mortar galleries. In Warhol and Banana, Invader uses pixelated characters against graph paper, a calculated choice for an artist who is consumed by his control over each square dot. The use of graph paper is also Invader’s nod to Nishikado, the original designer of the Space Invader video game, who used graph paper to map out the first three original space invaders.

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil upper left

Robert Fontaine Gallery, Purchased from the above by the present owner

About Invader

“Going into a city with tiles and cement and invading it,” says anonymous French street artist Invader of his craft. “This is the most addictive game I have ever played.” Invader began his signature practice in the late 1990s, plastering mosaic Space Invaders, a character from a 1978 Atari game, on the streets of Paris. Joined by Pac-Man ghosts and other popular 8-bit characters, the works soon became a familiar sight in cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Kathmandu. “Each time I put a new piece in the street, it is like a memorable exhibit,” he says. Invader’s signature use of mosaic tiles is a reference to the ubiquitous pixels of digital imaging and information.

French, b. 1969, based in Paris, France