When street art meets Pop Culture
Helio (also known as “Bray”) is an artist in constant transformation. Passionate and creative, he grew up far from the big city and discovered graffiti only when he began painting walls himself. Alchemy, empathy, the technique necessary for this art: all flow freely through his veins. Painting and expressing feelings and emotions are intrinsically rooted in him. Over the years, this versatile artist has tried several styles of graffiti and mixed different techniques in order to develop his own form of artistic expression.
We live in a complex world. Agitation, movement, and the mix of colours in the background of Helio Bray’s works symbolize this complexity. Next come the lines, embodying norms and responsibility, even the prisons that contain us. And despite all this, the viewer’s first impression will always be the beauty of the model.
Born in Alpine, Texas, Mark Lovejoy is the son of an itinerant biologist. He roamed his country, the United States, with his family and later the world, with his camera. A commercial printer by trade, Mark Lovejoy taught himself photography. His geology knowledge combined with the use of several tools, all of which is then bathed in light: this is his recipe for composing powerful images. Among his influences, pictorial art plays an important role and particularly some of its illustrious representatives, such as Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent Van Gogh, or Mark Tobey. Using light, intensity, and energy, Mark Lovejoy is inspired by the pictorial movement to create abstract photographs. The American artist says: “The beauty of abstraction lies in the spectator’s perception and only dreamers can interpret dreams.”
"The question is... what do you see if you don't know what you're supposed to see?”
With this series of macro photographs created in the studio, American artist Mark Lovejoy tells his story. The abstract way he choses to express himself is deliberately open to interpretation. He invites spectators to get their imaginations working, to dream. In the end, the spectator realises that all stories are both different and similar, all at once.
Claude Degoutte leads a true ode to urban art and all its richness.
As early as 1985, he immortalized the first tagged subways and found himself featured in the pages of prestigious magazines.
He devotes himself to street art photography, a real urban and poetic wandering to discover the architecture of cities. He strolls at night in the streets of the Parisian capital and signs each of his drawings before photographing them and putting them online the next day on his social networks. Claude Degoutte shares his art and makes everyone travel everyone in another world.
He also launches into the photographic montage: he chooses a theme, groups the images, portraits of women, artists, more famous films, assemble them to create a mosaic of miniatures.
Collage or Photograph?
Sometimes, there are twists of fate that radically change the course of lives. In 2008, while passing through Montréal, actress Halle Berry visited an art gallery and stood fascinated before a portrait of Yves Saint-Laurent. She decided to buy it, without knowing that she would launch an artist’s career. The artist in question was André Monet. Inspired by Andy Warhol, his style relied on a technique all of his own. The background of the painting is made up of various collages, often newspaper clippings, in relation to the personality that he immortalises in the drawing. His line is so precise that, at first glance, his work could be mistaken for a photograph.
Creator of impressive and very large format collage-portraits inspired by Andy Warhol, André Monet’s career was launched thanks to actress Halle Berry’s purchase of Yves Saint-Laurent’s portrait in 2008. Well-known for his many portraits of pop icons, he created portraits of the British royal couple, William and Kate, during an exhibition in London. Minutiae is the keyword for his work; he mixes fragments of texts and acrylic paintings in order to reinvent modern art. Fascinating, his portraits of stars are true works of art where nothing is left to chance: each collage is directly in line with the icon represented.
MARIE LAURE VAREILLES
Art and photography are the two passions that Marie Laure Vareilles brings together in her work. An avid traveller, she puts together montages inspired by the people she meets. “I try to create the most realistic imaginary landscapes possible”, she explains. “I want the viewer, when looking at them, to invent his or her own story so that the photomontage takes life according to the imagination of each person.” She highlights men and women of all origins and questions “the uniformity of culture and thought in the world”.
K is a French artist. A fan of “nocturnal artisanry”, she expresses her creativity on carefully sourced photographs. In portraits or landscapes, K thwarts norms and does not hesitate to mix disciplines. With the help of a felt-tip pen, marker, or paints, K traces lines, draws frames, highlights contours, adds colour… No disciplines or materials are off limits. The result: the photos are heightened and take on a new dimension. In constant collaboration with many photographers, she is endlessly proposing new and unique compositions decorated in her colourful style.
JU x K
While photography tends towards a representation that faithfully reflects reality, painted highlights by the artist K allow us to detach from it. In this series, K collaborates with Ju. She decorates her photographs with textures – paint, marker, felts, cut-outs, etc. – to create a new and augmented form of image. At the intersection of the fine art and digital worlds, this original collaboration led to a series of original and striking artworks.
Guerin x K
When Nicolas Guérin, notably renowned for his portraits of stars, entrusts his photos to K, the results are stunning. K subverts portraits, adding lines with markers, paints, or felt-tip pens. Here, she adds a frame, there, she underlines the contours in felt-tip pen or adds colour over the black and white, not hesitating to mask the model’s face. In the end, the photos are heightened and take on a new context.
Portraits & collage
Louis Jover is a multi-talented Australian photographer/artist.
He is known for his artwork in ink paintings on vintage book pages which he regularly adds to with collages as his famous ones.
Collage is an artistic creation that consists of combining different elements and/or materials, for example newspaper, wallpaper, photos, etc.
His contemporary works - illustrations and cartoons - have not only been exhibited but have also entered the private collections of many buyers around the world. Louis Jover 's black and white portraits of international celebrities are transformed into a childlike, messy and colorful style.
Women and fluorescent
Pol Kurucz loves color!
Very influenced by artists like Magritte or Jodorowsky and American and Japanese pop culture, Pol Kurucz is now interested in the eccentricity of celebrity fashion and is fully committed to feminism, the defense of minorities or the denunciation of consumerism. His photos are now world famous and all are more colorful than the last ones. The woman always holds the first place in his photographs, often with a vintage side and fluorescent colors. His photographs are all more surprising and eccentric. He created the Kolor Art Collective, based in Rio de Janeiro, which brings together young artists of all kinds to highlight societal problems but always with a touch of fantasy.