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

French street art and graffiti

Urban graffiti is an artistic form born in the 1960s in the United States, more precisely in the streets of Philadelphia before invading New York and its subway. The movement reached France where its emergence coincided with the events of May 1968.

The origins of graffiti

Before becoming an artistic movement, street art was first an instrument of political protest and denunciation. A characteristic that is still found today in certain urban artistic creations. But what is urban art exactly?

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This “ephemeral” art can be defined as the set of artistic forms produced in public space and bringing together different painting and collage techniques. Thus are part of urban art: graffiti , stencils, mosaics, stickers, collage or even installation. Graffiti, which comes from the Italian word graffiare (to scratch), is an ancient practice whose origins can be traced back to prehistoric times. Without ceasing, this practice has been perpetuated through the centuries, from Ancient Greece to the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, thieves and beggars draw or engrave, with coded writing, on the doors of houses to indicate to those who know the code what they will find in the house.

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Nowadays, graffiti still pursue the same goal: the claim of belonging to a group, denunciation or even protest. It is also important to differentiate the graffiti from a tag: the first is a drawing with a signature while the second comes down to a simple signature.

The French street artist

French street art reached its peak from the 1980s when talented artists such as Bleck le rat, Epsylon Point, Jef Aérosol, Invaders and Jérôme Mesnager stood out with their original artistic creations. In addition to graffiti, stencils in black and white and in color increasingly adorn the walls and facades of Parisian buildings.

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Former pupil of the Boulle school who has become a reference in French street art , Jérôme Mesnager declares: "I do paintings and the canvas is the world". Like wildfire, the movement quickly spread to other European countries where young talents are emerging. This is particularly the case for England with Banksy and Italy with Blu.

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In the 8th arrondissement of Paris, La CHOOSE Galerie becomes the exclusive gallery of works by Epsylon Point, the pioneer of color stencils and street art in France .

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For its artistic creations, Epsylon Point uses various techniques: tags, stencils on canvas or on the wall, torn posters. His method consists of bulging on very abstract freehand painted backgrounds on which he reproduces stencils often inspired by current affairs photos or political slogan.

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The CHOOSE Galerie devotes its exhibition space to the works of Epsylon Point, whose work it defends both nationally and internationally by becoming the official gallery of this pioneering artist.