It was an exciting opening of the 3rd edition of Urban Art Fair in Paris, a premier event in the field of this contemporary art movement.
With the professional preview taking place from 11am until 6pm, works of art in 35 booths were offered to collectors, and a wave of red dots slowly took over the whole of Le Carreau du Temple.
While some of the usual names certainly made it to the “sold” list this year, there were also a few surprises, contributing to the diversity of choice and the fair’s commitment to the promotion of both emerging and established artists, on the national and international scene alike.
Scroll down to check out some of the artworks sold at UAF Paris 2018.
Local gallery Ange Basso brought some of the stars of the French street art scene, such as Zenoy and the father of stencils in the country himself, Blek le Rat.
From the former, they sold a three-dimensional piece, while from the latter a beautiful piece featuring Andy Warhol from 2015 found its new home and a new collector.
A space from Bordeaux, COX Gallery had quite a successful opening night at UAF with Alber, a young painter and graffiti artist.
His portraits, as presented and sold here, are characterized by bold yet gentle colors that come to define a person in the painting in a kind of a layering manner, with precision.
An exciting surprise at this year’s Urban Art Fair in Paris came in the form of Esmaël Bahrani, an Iranian artist based in Paris whose highly expressive pieces sold both as paintings and as sculpture at Galerie Bertheas.
With simple but strong works of art, this artist brings a different look at today’s graffiti production, one that marries Middle East with Western Europe in an indirect way.
There is just so much going on in the paintings of Rock Therrien, on display at Galerie LeRoyer from Canada: pop culture, works of other graffiti legends, collages and often very explicit writings in neon.
At UAF, Therrien’s cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny seem to have caught the attention of collectors, and will probably steal the hearts of visitors over the next three days in Paris as well!
With an impressive booth spanning two booths this year, Joël Knafo Art gallery once again brought up an impressive array of prints by Shepard Fairey - except the star of the opening night wasn’t Obey, but Romain Froquet!
His paintings on wood and canvas, as well as a wooden sculpture, went away last night, along with a piece from Philippe Hérard.
Known for his abstract art that combines curves, calligraphy and dynamic forms, French artist Astro stole the night at Loft du 34, a local gallery which brought his paintings and lightbox installations.
The artist also created a floor installation ahead of the opening day of Urban Art Fair, which provided an illusionist ground for many selfies.
Pensive portraits by the Herakut duo - almost all of those on view at Galerie Mathgoth’s booth - are now in the hands of their new owners, including the impressive Mother Trees Don’t Fear Storms piece and the three animal-girl hybrids.
The Parisian gallery also sold a wall piece by Isaac Cordal and a series of works by Jace, who recently had a solo show at their space.
Layered collages by German artist Marc C. Woehr, which cleverly disguise actual geographic location in their appearance as well as their title sold at Dusseldorf’s Pretty Portal gallery.
Their booth also offered impressive drawings by ARDIF, whom the gallerist discovered on the very streets of Paris, and who signed the artist just recently.
A gallery dedicated to the Tokyo Art Scene, Tokyoïte sold a wonderful piece by artist Takeru Amano.
Born in 1977, Amano combines his inspirational stay in New York with the Japanese pop culture, through the use of an explosive color palette and clear lines, as displayed in this landscape piece.
With a wonderful joint booth at the 2018 Urban Art Fair, Art in the Game and Under the Radar from London had one of the most successful sales night.
The galleries sold artworks by Sebastien Preschoux, Mark Jenkins and Soda, but the stars of the night certainly were portraits by Kan and lightbox photographs by Maxime Drouet, which fit in the fair’s concept perfectly as they depicted window trains.
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