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

French urban art

From Ernest Pignon-Ernest to C215, via Jef Aérosol and Epsylon Point , France has some of the best talents in Urban art . Stencil, graffiti, mosaic, stickers: how did Urban art emerge in France? Who are the most influential French street artists?

Over 50 years of history

The origins of Urban art in France coincide with the events of May 1968 when Ernest Pignon-Ernest painted the first frescoes with spray paint on the walls of the Bourse du Commerce in Paris. At that time, urban art was a way like any other to be heard, to convey political messages visible to all. It was only with the advent of the stencil, a technique for printing images on a rigid surface, that urban art took on a more substantial dimension.

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The stencil offered extensive artistic possibilities compared to other forms of urban art. Facilitating the reproduction of portraits and patterns on flat surfaces, this technique also allowed the combination of different tones of color. But making a stencil on a facade was no easy task. Indeed, the stencils had to show speed of execution and daring, but above all possess a real artistic talent.

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Despite the risks and the difficulties, the stencils of this generation managed to appropriate the urban space to carry out their works, imbued with strong, poetic and protesting messages. Jef Aérosol and his famous large Parisian fresco on Place Igor Stravinsky; Miss Tic and her calligraphic epigrams, Jérôme Mesnager and his famous "Man in White" or even Blek le Rat have marked the history of French Urbanism to the point of becoming sources of inspiration for the young generation.

Urban art and the street

Despite the institutionalization of Urban art in art galleries and museums, this movement has not lost the essence that characterizes it from other forms of art, namely: an art of the street and for the street. The street is above all an open space, a meeting place that promotes exchanges, dissemination and confrontation of ideas. The performance of street artists is linked to a form of transgression in public space, and the finesse of their calligraphy is taken to the extreme, to the point of encryption.

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"Writing on the walls is a claiming act: even if it is aesthetic, it is necessarily political, because visible by all and imposed on everyone, whatever their taste", dixit Epsylon Point, the pioneer of color stencils.

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In the 8th arrondissement of Paris, La CHOOSE Galerie has been offering a personal exhibition of works from Epsylon Point since the start of the year. The artist presents an unpublished collection of his outstanding works, some historical such as “Errar es humano” from 1987 and “Culture” from 1998, but also his latest works: “Le Charron”, “Je suis Charlie”, “Place en India ”,“ The decrepitude of the soul ”.

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Epsylon Point addresses through its works different themes: from the human condition, to societal issues as well as to eroticism and music.