Blek le Rat sprays his way into America

Published on : LA TIMES HIS work has influenced Banksy, Shepard Fairey and countless street artists, but French graffiti legend Blek le Rat has remained an elusive presence in this country. To see his work, you had to either fly to Europe or catch an appearance in a handful of group shows. On Saturday, the notorious art-world pest emerges from …

FineArtViews Interview: Blek le Rat

Published on : Fine Art Views Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou) has been described in many ways… some call him “the man who gave birth to Banksy.“, others — “the grandfather of street art“. Most within the global street art community fondly address Blek as the “original stencil pioneer“, “The old man of street art“, or the “modern street art …

Preserving art that was never meant to last

Published on : DW French artist Blek le Rat’s Madonna is a masterpiece that holds not just a love story but also the excitement of post-reunification Leipzig. Should graffiti be preserved? In this case, Leipzig says yes. For many years, Mazi Kretzschmar passed by the Madonna on her way to school. It was painted on a Leipzig apartment building. As …

Blek le Rat: I encourage people not to vote – the political system is broken

Published on : INDEPENDANT Blek le Rat is known as the father of stencil graffiti, one of the most politically engaged art movements of the past century, but his faith the electoral system is non-existent to the point that he urges others not to vote. The 63-year-old street artist, who began painting stencils of rats on the streets in Paris …

Beijing: Abandoned buildings become canvases for street artist

Published on : IB Times A 25-year-old artist in Beijing known as ROBBBB prefers to display his work on the walls of abandoned buildings, rather than a gallery. His artwork is mostly derived from photos of people he sees in the Chinese capital – anyone ranging from elderly people to construction workers. Building work is a common sight in the …

Six of the best: works of graffiti

Published on : The Times In the grottes d’Arcy caves in France, there is the imprint of a child’s hand. It’s 30,000 years old and was probably created by a child standing with their hand above their head while someone else sprayed paint over it. It’s the earliest stencil we know; an astonishing mark to leave. It’s an intensely human …