An urban and contemporary art gallery based in Paris, Happy Gallery brings together both emerging and more recognized artists of the genre. In September, the gallery started a new chapter by opening a brand new space in South Pigalle in Paris, inaugurating it with a three-part collective show featuring works that combine figuration and abstraction.
Titled New Start: Part III, the last show in the series continues to plunge into a surreal and wonderful world between abstraction, art deco, pop art, free figuration and post outsider art, presenting a mix of styles and artistic universes. This time, the audience will have a chance to discover and rediscover works by artists Antonyo Marest, Clement Arnaud aka Yesonme, Monkey Bird, Pavel Rtue, Poes and Speedy Graphito.
Coming from the Spanish Mediterranean, the multidisciplinary visual artist and designer Antonyo Marest is known for his poetic visual language imbued with a sense of vibrancy and sensuality. He draws inspiration from the bold geometry of Art Deco, the multicolor patterns of Ettore Sottsass' postmodern Memphis Group, or the dynamic forms of the Bolidista movement.
A French illustrator, graphic designer and art director based in Paris, Clément Arnaud aka Yesonme uses a large variety of techniques in his work, such as hand lettering, collage, and illustration, attaching great importance to handmade experimentation. The characters that inhabit his creative universe are always captivating.
Brought up inside hip-hop culture and around comics and manga heroes, Poes started tagging early, while he was still in high school. Traveling all around Europe as a diehard graffiti artist, he tells stories through a patchwork of multiple pictorial references using colors as narration.
A duo of French contemporary artists born and based in Bordeaux, Monkey Bird is known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their work, depicting wild animals in urban areas. Working in stencil, collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen and engraving, they draw inspiration from ephemeral monumentality, religious paintings and the art nouveau.
A street artist from Sevastopol, Pavel Rtue has developed a unique visual language that combines abstraction and figuration, creating expressive figurative compositions or fonts. Always eager to experiment, he continues to discover new innovative approaches in his practice.
The pseudonym of a Paris-born contemporary artist Olivier Rizzo, Speedy Graphito is known for his striking, vigorous, and controversial oeuvre. His work explores the tragedies of consumer seduction while referencing pop culture icons and street art influences.
The exhibition New Start: Part III will be on view at Happy Gallery in Paris from November 22 until December 5, 2019.
The opening reception will be held on November 21st, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Featured image: Antonyo Marest - The Mistakes of Architecture (detail). All images courtesy Happy Gallery.