Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present Urban Legacy, solo exhibition by JonOne, which will open May 14 and run until June 11. This will be the third solo exhibition for JonOne at the gallery, featuring all new work from the internationally acclaimed artist. JonOne (John Andrew Perello, b. 1963, New York) is one of the most significant and celebrated figures in urban contemporary art today. For the past 25 years, he has built his career on a unique blend of graffiti, gesture, abstract expressionism, calligraphy and a masterful understanding of painting’s color and texture.
The artist was brought up in Harlem in the 1980s and now often invokes the revelatory moment of seeing dazzling trails of color speed past from tagged subway trains. This vivid imagery remains as an aesthetic foundation in Jon’s work, which has retained over the decades an incomparable level of dynamism. With this energy, Jon travelled to Paris early in his life and has evolved his practice from the streets to the gallery, with pieces that speak to both the realms of graffiti and contemporary art.
Recently, JonOne has worked on a number of collaborations, lending original designs of his style to notable companies such as Perrier, Air France, Lacoste, and Guerlain. He has also exhibited at several important galleries and institutions, including the Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art and the Grand Palais in Paris. In 2015, he was given the Legion of Honor from France, celebrating the achievement with a painting “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” which was unveiled at the Palais Bourbon, the seat of the French National Assembly.
Urban Legacy brings together a collection of new paintings that display the most vibrant and purest style that the artist has developed over his career. Extremely influential to the new generation of urban contemporary artists, JonOne returns to Los Angeles with an exciting array of canvases that seem to breathe with the vitality and spirit of the city.