Graffiti, Painting

December 6, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Pablo Tomek, or only Tomek, is a French contemporary artist known for his astonishing handstyle and his commitment to the graffiti culture. He is a member of the infamous Parisian collective Peace and Love (PAL).

Street Art by Tomek

Tomek - street art
Tomek – street art

The young French artist grew up in the Western suburbs of France’s capital, where he was inspired by the graffiti tags on shop fronts, trucks, walls and train sidings to develop his own personal style that he then took to the streets of Paris. Tomek and the other member of the PAL crew came from a classic perspective of graffiti art where they have all learned to respect the original style so they could later break the rules to add their own novel twist to street art.

Abstract Paintings by Tomek

Tomek - Suite A L' Eponge (Left) / Gris de Meudon (Right) - abstract paintings on glass
Tomek – Suite A L’ Eponge (Left) / Gris de Meudon (Right) – installation view

Although Tomek’s pieces produced on the streets and in the atelier inform each other, he is among those street artist who are careful not to move to the studio work by simply replicating on canvas his street art. Tomek, being of opinion that there is no place for classic graffiti in a gallery where it loses its essential meaning from being on the street, has developed his unique approach to presenting abstracted views of his tagging on glass. He quests the paradox that exits between graffiti tagging and abstract painting, focusing on the shape and composition of the letters but not the legibility of the words creating impressive paintings that capture the vein of the artist’s hand.


Tomek - Croisement - 2014 - installation view
Tomek – Croisement – show at Galerie Celal, Paris, 2014 – installation view

In a brief period of time, Tomek achieved international fame in both the graffiti scene and art scene. He presented his pieces at group show Croisement with Jeroen Erosie and Graphic Surgery at Paris based Galerie Celal in March 2014, and in the collective show of Agnes B titled État Des Lieux in Galerie Du Jour in Septembre 2013. His debut solo show, titled Accident, was presented at the Galerie Celal in March 2015. His second individual exhibition was Possibilities at Opperclaes gallery in Rotteram.

Tomek is represented by Galerie Celal.

Debut Solo Show by Tomek

Tomek - Accident - solo show at Galerie Celal, Paris, 2015
Tomek – Accident – solo show at Galerie Celal, Paris, 2015

Pablo Tomek lives and works in Paris.

Featured image: Tomek – Spontanious 14 (detail), Draw A Line, Berlin
All images courtesy © Tomek

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015PossibilitiesOpperclaes gallery, RotteramSolo
2015AccidentGalerie Celal, ParisSolo
2014Toy, PAL collective exhibitionFRAC, DunkerqueGroup
2014CroisementGalerie Celal, ParisGroup
2013Etat Des LieuxGalerie du jour Agnes BGroup
2013PALKlughaus Gallery, New York CityGroup
2013IntensiaGalerie Associations D'Idees, MarseilleGroup
2012L'OrangerieCentre Culturel de la Ville de CachanGroup