Blek le Rat, ‘Cop Walking’, 2008, Julien's Street Art Now (February 2017)
Blek le Rat, ‘Cop Walking’, 2008, Julien's Street Art Now (February 2017)

Artist Proof and Studio Proof

Signature: Signed in pencil lower center and lower right

Art Is Not Peace But War, Subliminal Projects, 2008

Subliminal Projects

About Blek le Rat

Pioneering French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat counts the infamous Banksy among his many admirers. Using stencils instead of stylized lettering for graffiti, Blek was one of the first true street artists. Originally known for stenciling a giant graphic image of a rat all over Paris, which to him symbolized both freedom and the dissemination of art through the city as if it were the plague, in recent years Blek’s work has become more political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. His posters of kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas helped raised public awareness of her situation, pressuring politicians and journalists to work harder for her release.

French, b. 1952

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Blek le Rat "Ratical", Vertical Gallery, Chicago
2013
Blek le Rat, Ignorance is Bliss, Jonathan LeVine Projects, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Eclectic : An Online Exhibition, Galerie Matthew Namour, Montreal
2016
SONS OF POMPEII – Group Exhibition, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles
2015
Urban Patriot, Reem Gallery, Camberley
2015
Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past, Jonathan LeVine Projects, New York

About Shepard Fairey

Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey’s practice disrupts the distinction between fine and commercial art. A major artist of the street art movement, Fairey rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters, stickers, and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign, which yielded an international cultural phenomenon. Fairey’s iconic poster of President Barack Obama was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work, including propaganda, portraiture, and political power.

American, b. 1970, Charleston, South Carolina, based in Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
OBEY Propaganda - Works by Shepard Fairey, EHC Fine Art, Washington DC
2017
American Civics, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles
2015
Shepard Fairey, Pace Prints, New York
2015

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
OBEY Propaganda - Works by Shepard Fairey, EHC Fine Art, Washington DC
2017
American Civics, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles
2015
Shepard Fairey, Pace Prints, New York
2015
2014
SHEPARD FAIREY: 50 SHADES OF BLACK, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles
2012
Shepard Fairey: Sound & Vision, StolenSpace Gallery, London

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
WORD UP, EHC Fine Art, Washington DC
2017
Showroom Presentation, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin
2017
ICONIC: BLACK PANTHER, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles
2017
Eclectic : An Online Exhibition, Galerie Matthew Namour, Montreal
2017
Welcome to New Jersey, Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City
2017
STREET ART, Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert
2015
PRINTS Only!, MUCA, Munich
2015
MUCA COLLECTION, MUCA, Munich
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