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BLEK LE RAT

BLEK LE RAT

Pioneering French graffiti artist Blek le Rat counts the infamous Banksy among his many admirers. Born Xavier Prou, the artist was one of the first graffiti artists in Paris and has been described as the “Father of stencil graffiti.” Blek was introduced to graffiti after a trip to New York City in 1971 and was inspired to bring the style back to Paris, adapting the stencil as a more fitting technique for French architecture. He is best known for stenciling a giant graphic image of a rat all over Paris in the early 1980s, which to him symbolized both freedom and the dissemination of art through the city as if it were the plague. In recent years his work has become increasingly political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. Blek’s posters of kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas helped raise public awareness of her situation, pressuring politicians and journalists to work harder for her release.
  • Patron of the Arts $2,950
  • Great Dancers
  • Classic Rat 1 $8,500
  • Danseuse Blue
  • Classic Rat 3 $8,500
  • Classic Rat 5 $8,500
  • Classic Rat 4 $8,500
  • Classic Rat 2 $8,500
  • Liberty
  • 9 Ballerina Pink
  • 6 Dancers Colour
  • Young Picasso
  • What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Seen
  • TMWWTW Blue
  • Sweet Dreams Red Gray
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Sibyl
  • Richard Hambleton Tribute
  • Pantomine
  • Liszt
  • Joie de Vivre
  • Dog & Pony Show
  • DOG
  • Danseuse Pastell
  • Danseuse Couleurs
  • Danseuse Blue Green
  • Danseurs Red White
  • Cop en Couleurs
  • Chopin
  • Beethoven
  • Astronaut
  • Angel With Rat Red
  • Angel With Rat Pink
  • 8 Dancers
  • 7 Danseuse
  • 5 Ballerina Colour
  • 4 Danseuse Colour
  • 2 Ballerina
  • Music to Live 1
  • Renaissance