Discover the work of Epsylon Point, street artist and pioneer of urban art in France.

Street art and painter

You have certainly come across their works on a street corner, on the facade of a building: street artists compete in creativity to affix their visual signature. In this article, discover some of the street art painters who have marked the history of this artistic movement over the years.

The great figures of street art

Mosaic, graffiti, stencil, urban knitting: street art has marked the urban landscape for decades. In France, this artistic movement was born at the beginning of the 1960s, notably with the first aerosol spray paintings by Gérard Zlotykamien in the “trou des Halles” site in Paris and the first stenciled poster collages by Ernest Pignon. -Ernest on the Albion plateau. However, it was with the events of May 1968 that this art really took off.

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Epsylon Point, one of the pioneers of urban art in France, was the first street artist to use color stencils in France, in 1982, after having started in 1979 to spray hands free in the streets of Dijon. The artist has since become a benchmark and has influenced many stencil artists . Epsylon Point expresses itself through his works on topical subjects, politics, using different techniques: stencils of course, but also torn posters, tags, paint.

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Recognized by his peers, he took part in various cultural and artistic events in France, such as the graffiti and urban art movement in Bondy in 1985 or the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Center Pompidou in 1987. In the 1990s, the works of Epsylon Point are exhibited in European museums and art galleries, to name only the Graffiti Museum in Leipzig in Germany (1991), the Theater of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg (1991), the Théâtre de la Louvrière , in Belgium (1991).

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If Epsylon Point has deeply marked the history of urban art in France, other artists have also influenced this artistic movement through their works.

Street art in all its splendor

Jef aerosol, whose real name is Jean-François Perroy, is one of the emblematic figures of the stencil. Coming from the first wave of urban art in the early 1980s, he produced his first stencil in Tours in 1982. A talented portrait painter, he reproduces on the facades of buildings the portraits of artistic personalities of his youth such as John Lennon, Jimmy Hendrix or Elvis Presley. However, the major part of his works is devoted to anonymous street people, those that we hardly notice: beggars, street musicians ...

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Internationally, Banksy has won its letters of nobility with its anti-system and anti-militarist works. This British street artist is part of the generation that marked urban art in the 1990s and 2000s with masterpieces such as “The Little Girl with a Ball”, a stencil made on Waterloo Bridge in South Bank (London) in 2002 or Kissing Policemen, Brighton (2005).

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At the CHOOSE Galerie in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, we have dedicated an unprecedented exhibition of works by Epsylon Point through the decades: some historical ones such as “Errar es humano” 1987, but also more recent works by the artist which continue. to surprise us.