Nebay at Wallworks
Jackson Pollock endowed us in more ways than just with his artwork and his original style. He also took a great part in forming the minds of his derivatives and successors, a huge number of various artists whose work we admire today. For some of them the “Pollock influence” is clear to be seen but for the others you would have hard time believing that their work is based on the inspiration Pollock gave them, whether in terms of style or just the general influence that forms one’s artistic mindset. Example of the latter is the famous French artist Nebay, one of the veterans of the urban art. His was work was recently accumulated into collection, courtesy of unknown collector. This body of work is now object of the exhibition entitled 29 July 1881, referring to the day the Law on Freedom of the Press came to power. The Wallworks gallery, which hosted a certain Franco-German show in summer this year, is also the host of this exhibition which opened on December the 5th.
The author was born in 1973, and by the time he turned 14, he immediately became involved in graffiti. After a while, following the trend of the time, he joined the crew called JCT. At first he used numerous aliases like SNA1, OKE, SKOR, ELM1, RANT, SHAP and BOST. It was later, in 1995, when he settled with the NEBAY nick, as he became more involved in street art movement in France. Time passed by, and at one point he decided to move his creation process to his studio. In same time he began exhibiting his work. Simultaneously he transformed and dislodged numerous posters, painted them in his atelier and re-installed them the morning after on the bus stops.
He is known for his perpetual usage of characters, lettering, and interventions and those became his signature marks. He produced a series of 100 posters, which will be the subject of the movie entitled The color donor, which is directed by artist called AZTEK from the ZRC crew. In 2002, he engaged in a long journey, visiting Russia, Mongolia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and eventually Thailand. This journey left him with strong impressions and he later used those as inspiration in future work.
This large collection of Nebay’s works include large number of his pieces, dating back from the beginning of the 90’s. He never abandoned the practice of painting the walls, even when the era of the digital came to prominence. His old school European style incorporates the colorful graffiti lettering similar to the New York street art culture, and the b-boy scene. He is one of the first who inherited the dripping technique, and he used ti for the first time when livening up Parisian sidewalks. Rich and colorful, his world is mixed jumble of the diverted posters, colorful and abstract spots, incorporated wild style, drippings on canvas, figures and silly characters which together carry a strong and vivid message. The 29 July 1881 exhibition opened on the 4th of December, and will run until January 10th, so stop by Wallworks gallery and enjoy Nebay’s historical collection.
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