DAVE BARANES | DE MEDICIS GALLERY

🖍 Dave Baranes est un artiste peintre autodidacte. Il grandit en banlieue parisienne où il se passionne pour le graffiti et le Street-Art. Très vite, sa passion du « mur » le conduit vers la réalisation de fresque murale en trompe l’œil. Ces années de peintures décoratives lui ont permis d’acquérir une parfaite maîtrise des techniques de peinture mais également une ouverture sur l’art plus traditionnel. En 2015, Dave ose se lancer dans une collection d’œuvres et va réaliser des félins aux regards saisissants souvent très colorés, parfois noir et blanc. Une collection très émouvante où l’expression des regards nous interroge sur notre propre humanité. Le succès sur les réseaux est immédiat… En 2018, les œuvres de Dave cumulent toutes ces influences : les fonds de ses toiles sont travaillés avec des techniques du trompe l’œil, un savant mélange d’aérosols et d’acrylique pour la réalisation des graffitis : au traité « Old School » que Dave affectionne particulièrement. Les animaux plus réalistes illustrent, dans ce décor ultra urbanisé, le chaos de ce monde en nous questionnant sur l’impact de l’homme dans notre environnement.

🖍Dave Baranes is a self-taught painter. He grew up in the suburbs of Paris where he was passionate about graffiti and street art. Very quickly, his passion for the "wall" led him to the realization of an optical illusion. These years of decorative paintings have allowed him to acquire a perfect mastery of painting techniques but also an openness to more traditional art. In 2015, Dave dares to embark on a collection of works and will make felines with striking looks often very colorful, sometimes black and white. A moving collection where the expression of the looks questions us about our own humanity. The success on the networks is immediate ... In 2018, Dave's works combine all these influences: He mixes aerosols and acrylic for the realization of graffiti: the "Old School" treaty that Dave is particularly fond of. The more realistic animals illustrate, in this highly urbanized setting, the chaos of this world by questioning us about the impact of man in our environment.

STIKKI PEACHES

Stikki Peaches’ is an anonymous street artist who is strongly influenced by pop culture references and street culture. From his beginnings in 2009, his “What If Art Ruled The World?” tagline had every passer-by engaged in thought, while enjoying the uniqueness of his nostalgia-laced street art.

Having had his first international solo show in 2013 in New York and having participated in the Scope Art Show NYC, Art Basel Miami and Urvanity Art Fair in Madrid, Spain, Stikki Peaches now looks forward to his first Euro exhibitions in late 2017 and 2018. His work as also been seen in the urban areas of Paris, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London.


Frida Kahlo de Rivera , 122 × 122 cm, 2018

Frida Kahlo de Rivera, 122 × 122 cm, 2018

ISABELLE SCHELTENS

DISTANCE CREATES BEAUTY 

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Isabelle Scheltjens has put an original and contemporary touch on classical pointillism. She developed a new way of portrait making, whereby thousands of pieces of glass in specific patterns optically form an image. Pointillists used small, distinct dots of pure colour on their canvases, placed in close proximity so that they would blur into new colours. Isabelle applies a similar technique, using layers of coloured glass instead of paint. She immersed herself in the understanding of colour and creates her portraits with maniacal intensity – featuring intricate detail, lighting and shadows.

KURAR

Kurar, tombe dans le graffiti dès la fin des années 90. Pendant 10 ans il va peindre, travaillant sur la 3D, le volume, et la couleur.. Au fil du temps et des expériences il va diversifier ses techniques, Graff, Vandale, Pochoir, Collage, pour ce concentrer sur le travail des pochoirs.

Au travers du pochoir et de son travail sur toiles, ce street artist traite des sujets actuels et nous pousse à prendre du recul sur notre vision de la société. Mélangeant univers ancien, et détails contemporain dans ces œuvres Kurar traite avec poésie, humour et provocation, des sujets sensibles comme la guerre, la religion, et la société de consommation.

L’utilisation et la représentation de l’enfance, est un des points récurent et une certaine « marque de fabrique » de Kurar. Il utilise brillamment ce symbole de l’innocence pour contraster avec l’aspect satirique et provocatrice de ces représentations.

Depuis une ascension en 2013, marqué par une exposition personnelle à la galerie Parisienne Onega, le street artist enchaine les expositions personnel et expose dans les galeries du monde entier, New york, Los Angeles, Genève, Dusseldorf, La Reunion, Bruxelles, Berlin, etc..

Entre cynisme et péosie, nostalgie et humour noir, il touche le public par la profondeur et la pertinence de ses messages.

Socilal Distortion I Acrylique on canvas I 130 x 89 cm 

Socilal Distortion I Acrylique on canvas I 130 x 89 cm 

BRUNO CATALANO

"Une valise, un homme. Il s'en empare, et se lance vers l'inconnu. Voyage volontaire vers un horizon qu'on embrasse et qu'on voudrait infini, ou voyage forcé, contraint par l'exil et la souffrance, en quête de liberté et guidé par la survie.

Le voyageur de Bruno Catalano est cet homme laissé à lui même, un homme propulsé dans l'infini du temps et de l'espace. Sa maison n'est plus qu'une valise et son être, progressivement, se dépouillera de tout ce qu'il croyait indispensable, de tout son moi si savamment construit par nos sociétés. Il n'est plus l'homme d'un monde, mais l'homme dans le monde, encore empreint de sa culture mais devenu fragile face à l'immensité. Sa quête ne se fera pas sans dommages.

Homme défragmenté, déstabilisé, dépouillé de ses repères, il marche vers son salut autant que vers sa perte. Tout sera désormais a réinventer. Ce voyageur s'échappe de lui même, à la rencontre de sa terre inconnue."

- Anne Maitre

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JESUS CURIA PEREZ

L’artiste espagnol travaille depuis plus de 25 ans la sculpture, où il nous invite à nous glisser dans un monde onirique. Le travail de Jesus Curia nous transmet une sensation de paisibilité, de profondeur et d’un équilibre certain. Un univers parallèle apparait devant nous, où des personnages hybride, avec une morphologie humaine à laquelle vient s’ajouter fréquemment des lignes droites et des formes géométriques. Sa sensibilité à l’espace et le monde qui nous entoure, lui permet de façonner ces œuvres d’une manière harmonieuse, en créant très souvent le sentiment de suspension des personnages dans le vide.

Les colonnes de Jesus Curia se caractérisent par le contraste qui se crée à partir de la pesanteur du bronze et la représentation de légèreté des sujets.

Nous retrouvons ainsi des enfants suspendus dans l’espace par un fil invisible, ou par une main bienveillante les empêchant de tomber. Plongés dans le jeu et l’amusement, ces enfants forment une colonne montante vers le ciel, avec une gravité inexistante. La douceur et la poésie sont au rendez-vous avec une œuvre qui nous invite à un voyage lointain dans des terres inexplorées.

Chaque colonne est unique, l’interaction et la position des personnages étant organisée de façon différente à chaque fois par les soins de l’artiste. La patine, qui varie également, vient sublimer ces êtres naïfs en constant équilibre.

JONTY HURWITZ

JONTY HURWITZ CREATES WORLD'S SMALLEST SCULPTURE ONLY FOR IT TO BE ACCIDENTALLY CRUSHED AS IT WAS BEING PHOTOGRAPHED

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An artist has created the world's smallest sculpture only for it to be accidentally crushed by a finger while being photographed. 

Jonty Hurwitz's creations are so tiny they can rest on a human hair and are the same size of an ant's head. Having spent months working on the pieces, the 45-year-old from Chichester, West Sussex, took them to a photographer to have them pictured under a microscope. But within minutes his work had been destroyed by the stroke of the lab technician's finger. 

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

I went off to have the original sculptures photographed so I found a laboratory with an electron microscope and the photographic technology,' said Mr Hurwitz. 

'The technician went to change the orientation and then for the next half an hour we were looking for the piece through the lens. Eventually I noticed there was a fingerprint exactly where the sculpture used to be and I was like "man you have just destroyed the smallest art pieces" ever made - I slightly freaked out.' 

The sculptures are less than 1mm tall and are produced via a process called nano-painting. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye so must be viewed and photographed under a microscope. Mr Hurwitz uses a 3D printing technology to produce them. 

Describing the process on his website, he said: 'The structure is created using a ground-breaking new 3D printing technology and a technique called Multiphoton Lithography. 

The sculptures are believed to be the smallest representation of the human form ever created by man.  

Mr Hurwitz has produced a number of nano sculptures using the same technology though the naked woman above is believed to have been the smallest.

'Ultimately these works are created using the physical phenomenon of two photon absorption. Art, literally created with Quantum Physics. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point - basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). 

'The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.'

You can find the full article of the Daily Mail here

Craig Alan

CRAIG ALAN'S FAMOUS FACES IN A CROWD OR HOW INTRICATE ARTWORKS SEE BIG SCREEN STARS RECREATED IN PAINTINGS OF DOZENS OF TINY FIGURES

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Small people, big star: This portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Atlanta-based artist Craig Alan may look like an aerial photo, but is actually created with dozens of tiny painted figures.

Combining technical skill, creativity and wit, Craig portrays iconic faces, buildings and abstracts through dozens, sometimes hundreds of intricately painted, exquisite figures. Each distinctive piece is created in black and white with a touch of red on some of the more glamorous faces. In their own way, they reflect Craig’s highly recognisable take on life, where it is the small details that work together to create the big picture. 

Craig carefully plans and creates each tiny figure, all which have their own identity and personality which he has thought through to the finest details. In some of his extremely rare originals, he even goes as far as detailing each item of clothing on the individuals. His cast of characters include family members, friends and models, giving his work a uniquely personal touch. Each piece contains a range of 400 to 1,800 people in it depending on the type of work it is, and he spends anywhere from 50 to 150 working hours on one painting.

Now based in Atlanta, Craig was born in California, but his artistic talent began to emerge when his family moved south. His earliest experimentation took the form of street portraiture, an endeavour that helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure. He has exhibited his work across the United States and Europe at De Medicis Gallery Paris to great acclaim and is now making a significant impact on the UK market. He has a work of art hanging in the White House in Senator Reed’s office and his art was shown in Scope Miami 2014 “We are all part of something greater than ourselves, and if we work together we could achieve greater balance . . . not in a religious sense but rather a universal sense.”

The full article can be found on the The Daily Mail website here