Celebrating French Graffiti and Urban Art with These Artworks for Sale!

April 25, 2018

Although there has been a myriad of books and studies conducted on the history of street art in the USA and the UK, one must not overlook the grand contribution made by France, perhaps the most prolific bastion of the movement. A proud instigator of big political changes in modern history, France has always nurtured the revolutionary spirit, which consolidated perfectly with the art emerged out of resistance.

Regardless of the fact that French laws against the “degradation” of public property have been so strict that it was illegal to even wield a can of spray paint without obtaining prior permission from city officials, this country’s urban art scene is incredibly rich since French graffiti and street artists have been bravely creating their art since the 1960’s.

Today, we have compiled works by acclaimed French artists who have helped make history. The best part is that you can own these works right now!

Featured image: Tanc - Sans Titre 01 (detail). All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

L'Atlas - Warning in the Dark

The work of L'Atlas is all about lines and forms. Forging his name in the world of street art, he gradually started exploring diverse types of calligraphy and geometry that became the primal aspect of his art. Combining influences from Ancient Greek, Arabic calligraphy and modern tag, he systematically renews his approach and his expression of the letter and the line and of the codified rhythm of writing.

The work Warning in the Dark is an intriguing maze-like imagery characterized by L'Atlas unique visual language. Hidden between the lines, the name of the artist is the main element of his work.

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Jef Aerosol - Never Give Up, 2014

A French urban stencil artist, Jef Aerosol is the main proponent of the first generation of street artists who started working on the streets in the early 80s. He is known for countless portraits that immortalized both famous people and the ordinary ones. The colors of black, white, and gray dominate his work, usually accompanied by the red arrow, which became the artist's trademark.

The work Never Give Up from 2014 is executed in Aerosol's signature colors and sends one powerful message.

See more info about the work here.

Tilt - BA 13/83

An internationally recognized traditional graffiti artist, Tilt is a self-declared "graffiti fetishist". Learning his trade in the streets and on trains as a youngster, he became renowned for his colorful, bubbly paintings. His work demonstrates that basic, primitive graffiti can be as strong as complicated 3D lettering, wild styles or characters.

The work BA 13/83 is part of the series of works that seem as if they were ripped from graffitied street walls.

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Blek le Rat - Diana in Paradise

The father of stencil graffiti, Blek Le Rat is one of the first artists who started decorating the City of Lights, using a giant graphic image of a rat. His work was highly influential, inspiring generations of graffiti artists across the globe, including Banksy, Space Invader, Shepard Fairey and Icy & Sot. The unique style he has developed has rapidly spread throughout the continent and beyond.

Often referencing popular culture in his work, the artist created a screen print that depicts Princess Diana in heaven greeted by an angel.

See more info about the work here.

C215 - M. Luther King, 2015

A French street artist, C215 is known as one of the top stencil artists in the world. His moniker refers to the number of a jail cell he was locked in for painting on the walls. Hailing from Paris, he has been described as "France's answer to Banksy". Active for more than 20 years, he is now considered a veteran.

Spraypainting on a wooden drawer, C215 honored the life and work of Martin Luther King.

See more info about the work here.

Thirsty Bstrd - Fast Food Monkey – Starbucks Beige, 2016

Using spray paint, stencils, stickers and videos, Thirsty Bstrd tackled the contemporary society, politics and consumerism. Using powerful symbols and popular images, he aims to provoke and generate strong emotions. Besides pop culture iconography, his work is also characterized by a variety of funny statements.

Addressing the consumerism of contemporary society, the artist has created a series of works that depict a monkey consuming a variety of fast food products from chains like Starbucks, Burger King and McDonalds.

See more info about the work here.

Mr. Brainwash - GOING TO NY

An urban artist and a self-proclaimed filmmaker, Mr. Brainwash is not physically involved in the creation of his pieces, but rather provides ideas and guidelines for his creative team. Realizing his creations strongly emulate the styles and concepts of Banksy, a number of critics have speculated that he is an elaborate prank staged by the anonymous street artist.

Going to New York is a series of sixteen color screen-print works created on hand-torn art paper with collage background and hand finished acrylic.

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Tanc - Sans Titre 01

The work of Tanc is characterized by the exploration of the possibilities of the line, striving towards the synthesis of his name, of tags, of individuals, of music, of life. His practice revolves around word abstraction and the creation of rhythmic patterns. Seeking spontaneity in his working process, he aims to create a perfect balance between consciousness and unconsciousness.

Through the color and movement in the present work, Tanc portrays a certain reflection on life.

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PRO176 - High Stakes Piloting

In his early childhood, PRO176 was obsessed with comic books from across the Atlantic that his mum used to buy him. As his first lectures in art, comics made a huge influence on his work. He is one of the founders of Ultra Boys International, an avant-garde graffiti crew that has developed an aesthetics derived from comic books, alphabetical Constructivism and Cubism.

The work High Stakes Piloting is rich in color as the rest of the artist's oeuvre and the comic book references are obvious.

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Pimax - Tomato soup XL

A French street artist, graffiti writer and sculptor, Pimax is known for works that are sometimes controversial and provocative. Besides using the walls as his canvas, he also creates posters in stencil, creating a diversion in a world filled with culture pop icons.

When Pimax isn't doing street art, he is continuing his diversion process by creating sculptures and hinting references like Warhol's "tomato soup" and turns it into a painting pot.

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