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

Urban artistic creation

They adorn the facades of certain Parisian buildings and walls: the creations of street artists are an integral part of the urban landscape. How did street art make a place for itself in the art world? Who are the influential figures? Update with La CHOOSE Galerie in Paris.

History of street art painting

Bringing together multiple artistic forms, street art is instant art produced in public space and intended to convey a message. Ernest Pignon-Ernest, one of the pioneers of this artistic movement in France, describes the object of urban art fairly well: “The work is not the image itself, but what it provokes questions about the place ”.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Street art reaches out to the public in order to challenge them on a specific issue, a specific cause. Street artists appropriate the urban space to claim, denounce, question or support by using art to get their message across. Their works have a definite artistic value, which differentiates them from acts of vandalism perpetrated solely for the purpose of causing harm to others. But how did this movement emerge?

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Murals and graffiti are not an invention of our time. Colored pictograms already existed in prehistoric times and in Antiquity, facades were engraved to express their claims and utter insults. Graffiti, on the other hand, are a very old form of expression that consists of putting your signature on a wall. Graffiti as we know it today first appeared in the 1960s in the United States.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The stencil is a relatively recent form of expression that emerged in the early 1980s. The stencil technique consists of cutting out a rigid material (wood, plastic, metal, paper) from a pattern taken from a photograph, a picture. picture. Artists of the time such as Blek le Rat, Nemo or even Miss Tic used this method to differentiate themselves from the famous graffiti, then very widespread in the streets of Paris. Epsylon Point, an emblematic figure of French street art, revolutionized this art form by developing the stencil in color.

The stencil in color

Urban art can be discreet and occupy very small spaces (drawings, stickers) or be monumental and very visible, like, for example, inflatable structures. This art intended for the general public brings together both the visual arts (graffiti-stencils, mosaic, painting , optical illusions, installation) and sound (field recording ”, sculptures and instruments, performances).

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The colored stencil occupies a special place in this set. This artistic form has given a new dimension to street art and has greatly contributed to increasing its popularity in the “institutionalized” world of art.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

In the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the CHOOSE Galerie is currently devoting a personal exhibition of this extraordinary artist whose work has influenced several generations of young stencils. There are some historical stories on display, such as “Errar es humano” in 1987, but also his latest unpublished creations: “Le Charron”, “Je suis Charlie” or “La decépitude de l'énergie”.