Posts Tagged ‘Parisian’

Artists working with the face and figure…. Paris artist the Invader…


Sorry I haven’t been writing daily, been working a lot but I am anxious to make my 500th post! So look for a couple essay’s tomorrow!

This artist is from Paris, France and was born in 1969. He is known in Europe mainly, but also the United States, for his artwork concerning pixelated images of celebrities as well as video game images from the first home video games that were available in the 1970s and 1980s. Games for the first Atari console such as Pole Position or the 1978 video game for which the artist is named ” Space Invaders.”

A brief clip showing the artist and his work invading the Hollywood sign in California. Its very interesting to see in person what happens in a short period of time. The artist appears and starts destructing the area.  Someone off camera tells the artist to leave or the cops will be called.  Back and forth and then the artist leaves. Around 80% of the artist’s street art lives on. A very high amount compared to another street artist such as Swoon whose wheatpaste images disappear due to elements of nature.  The tiles are difficult to ruin and resistant to the water and winds of mother nature.  The “Hollywood” sign had only one character on the “D” placed  on December 31 of 1999. It took many trips to install all of the characters.

The artist in a short interview explaining his pixelated style and an exhibition.

The artist mainly works with ceramic tile or rubix cubes and glues them to panel. He also paints, works with glass, and forms sculptures.

low price range: $500 for original works

high price range: $25,000 for original works.

On line and land based galleries:  Lazarides Gallery in London, United Kingdom

The artist installed his first work in this style in 1990.  The artist takes a long time to decide on the location of his work, most are located above the ground from 10 to 15 feet off the ground. He builds half the work before he arrives and takes one week to install most of them.

The artist doing works and a show in Lazarides Gallery in London.

I enjoy this artist for the sense of nostalgia he brings to his work. I am transported instantly to video games such as Pitfall, Pole Position, and Space Invaders. Even more fascinating is that the works exist and for the most part live on public land or statues and for the most part remain untouched. His works with the figure leave a great deal to the viewers imagination as you only see the pixelated image. Having never seen fine art done with rubic’s cube, this artist is just beginning to blossom.

Happy painting!