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

Stencil artists in color France and Europe

Epsylon Point , the pioneer of color stencils in France , Jef Aérosol, Banksy, Roamcouch: stencil artists have earned the respect of the community of painters in general, and street artists in particular. But who are these great figures of the colored stencil? How are they expressed?

Epsylon Point, the first color stencil artist in France

In France, the artistic movement of urban art or street art emerged in the mid-1960s, carried by talented artists like Ernest Pignon-Ernest or Epsylon Point. The latter, to whom we owe the paternity of the color stencil technique, deeply marked the history of this art and influenced several generations of artists.

Born in 1950, Epsylon Point is recognized as the pioneer of color stencils (1983). Passionate about art, he attended the Fine Arts School in Dijon and started out as a photographer. During a performance in 1979, Epsylon Point discovered a sudden vocation for the spray paint, then still in its infancy. He describes her as "a flash" that will never leave him.

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Like many street artists of his time, Epsylon Point did graffiti before devoting himself fully to stenciling from 1983. His first color works brought a new perspective on street art and the artist began to make a name for himself. in the artistic world. Thus, in 1985, he participated in the first gathering of the graffiti and urban art movement organized by the VLP in Seine-Saint-Denis in the city of Bondy alongside other influential figures such as Jef Aérosol, Miss. Tic, Blek the rat, Speedy Graphito, SP38.

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Since then, the machine has not stopped and the works of Epsylon Point are now exhibited in contemporary art galleries all over the world. In the 8th arrondissement, La CHOOSE Galerie is currently devoting an unprecedented exhibition of his outstanding works to him: “Errar es humano” 1987, “Birth” 1999, “La gare” 2008 or even “La decépitude de l'énergie” 2020.

Banksy, Roamcouch

The urban art fever has spread throughout Europe and the stencil technique has given it its letters of nobility. The stencil, this technique of reproducing drawings making it possible to obtain two distinct effects, was popularized by other talented artists such as Jef Aérosol, author of the famous "Chuuuttt" in Paris, near the Pampidou Center, but also at the abroad via the works of the Briton Banksy and the Japanese Roamcouch.

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Banksy is renowned for his satirical urban art and his works often express humorous images, sometimes combined with slogans. Among his most striking stencils: Girl with Balloon (2020), which can be seen on Waterloo Bridge in South Bank (London), Kissing Policemen, Brighton (2005), or even The Rude Lord.

Another contemporary figure of the color stencil : the Japanese Roamcouch, forerunner of a new particularly meticulous technique. The artist is able to work over 50 layers for a stencil.