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Street art Painting

Street art is a contemporary art movement which includes all forms of art created in the street or more generally in public spaces. Key to this movement is the use of public spaces as a means of expression and a way of addressing a message to a large number of people.

Far from being something new in history, modern graffiti marked the beginning of street art. It was born in the 1960s in the United States, in the city of Philadelphia. One of the city's inhabitants started to write his name on the city's wall to catch the attention of the one he loved. Many others copied him across the city. By the end of the 60s, it had spread and reached New York, at a time where urban traffic was dense, when the city was becoming increasingly engulfed by concrete, suburbs were starting to appear and advertising was omnipresent. At the same time, the commercialisation of spray-paints also encouraged its growth. The beginning of street art was linked to a spirit of vandalism. Among the most famous graffiti artists of the time were Quik, Futura 2000 and Phase 2.

Graffiti can take numerous forms, such as tagging (signatures) and frescos, large-scale works which use decorative schemes, patterns and lettering. Little by little, street art spread to a global scale and new urban methods of expression appeared, such as stencilling or stickers. Each artist established themselves with their own trademark that can be recognised thanks to a unique signature or style …the rat by Banksy, the mosaics by Invader, the little white men by Jérôme Mesnager…

In France, street art made its debut at the start of the 1970s but didn't really take off until the 80s with artists like Blek le Rat and Jérôme Mesnager. New dynamics appeared and most notably, the works began to be created with their perennity in mind. This can be explained by various different factors.

Increasing numbers of artists wanted to conserve their artworks and paint more greater peace of mind, especially as police repression against street artists became more severe in the 1980s and 90s. Street art caught the attention of gallery owners and the first exhibition of a graffiti artist's work took place in 1972 in New York. The shift from the street to the art market questioned the movement's very essence and divided artists, many of them fearing its institutionalisation.

Today, many artists combine street work and works created in a studio, which are then exhibited in some of the biggest contemporary art galleries. The street has become a springboard for achieving recognition. The most expensive street artists on the art market continue to work in urban areas legally, in authorised spaces. The biggest names in street art today use this medium: JonOne, Shepard Fairey, Blek le Rat, Jef Aérosol, Banksy and Miss Tic.

On Artsper, you can find a large selection of contemporary paintings by well-known and emerging street artists alike. Explore the works of famous contemporary artists such as the legendary M. Chat but also discover minimalist works by L'atlas, striking portraits by Jef Aerosol or colourful geometric works by Okuda.

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C215, Singe, Painting

C215

Singe, 2017
50 x 50 cm
Painting

$4,133

Onemizer, Sean 007, Painting

Onemizer

Sean 007, 2020
28 x 28 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,823

Speedy Graphito, Donald Duck Mag, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Donald Duck Mag, 2021
130 x 97 x 4 cm
Painting

$26,740

Antony Squizzato, Crawlers, Painting

Antony Squizzato

Crawlers, 2021
120 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,133

Rico Sab, Happy Gaston, Painting

Rico Sab

Happy Gaston, 2021
60 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$340

Jo Di Bona, Samo, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Samo, 2021
120 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$5,470

Fat, Crazy life, Painting

Fat

Crazy life, 2021
110 x 130 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,282

Miss Fuck, Pensif, Painting

Miss Fuck

Pensif, 2021
92 x 60 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$790

Bze Bzeland, Lovelovelove, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Lovelovelove, 2021
100 x 80 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$1,094

Keny, Plaque metro Spray, Painting

Keny

Plaque metro Spray, 2021
45 x 22.5 x 2 cm
Painting

$486

John Matos Crash, Blue too, Painting

John Matos Crash

Blue too, 2012
140 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$26,740

Daniel Despothuis, N°42, Painting

Daniel Despothuis

N°42, 2009
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$972

Stoz, HH 106, Painting

Stoz

HH 106, 2021
50 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$170

Ora Ora, Skateboard - Moise, Painting

Ora Ora

Skateboard - Moise, 2021
80 x 20 x 3 cm
Painting

$729

tizlu, Daedalus Son, Painting

tizlu

Daedalus Son, 2021
100.5 x 50 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,555 $4,740

Soklak Elgato, Black and white motion, Painting

Soklak Elgato

Black and white motion, 2021
130 x 195 x 4 cm
Painting

$10,332

Astro, Spectral Opening, Painting

Astro

Spectral Opening, 2021
130 x 97 x 3 cm
Painting

$7,171

Laetitia B., Crosswalk with Keith, Painting

Laetitia B.

Crosswalk with Keith, 2021
60 x 39.5 x 3 cm
Painting

$820 $912

Yoz, Harley Quinn, Painting

Yoz

Harley Quinn, 2021
120 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,094

Daru, O.G. Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

O.G. Bitcoin, 2021
120 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,431

Humanfuel, Organic Flow, Painting

Humanfuel

Organic Flow, 2021
73 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$3,890

Nick Walker, False history, Painting

Nick Walker

False history, 2021
152.4 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm
Painting

$30,387

Robert Sgarra, Bronx, Painting

Robert Sgarra

Bronx, 2021
150 x 150 x 3 cm
Painting

$7,293

Spaco, Police Love, Painting

Spaco

Police Love, 2021
55 x 45 x 2 cm
Painting

$340

Jean-Philippe Berger, Gandhi, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Gandhi, 2021
50 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$340

Fabien Novarino, Rocky David, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Rocky David, 2021
130 x 90 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,646

Seen, Mix n match, Painting

Seen

Mix n match, 2017
120.5 x 154 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,525

Shelby, Le tagueur, Painting

Shelby

Le tagueur, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,160

Olivier Toma, L'ombre passe, la Lumière perdure, Painting

Olivier Toma

L'ombre passe, la Lumière perdure, 2020
70 x 100 cm
Painting

$2,674

Marta Zawadzka, Unicorn, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Unicorn, 2021
120 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,440

Leslie Amine, Sans titre, Painting

Leslie Amine

Sans titre, 2021
33 x 46 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,525

Laurence Hubswerlin Diradourian, 912 Nicaragua, Painting

Laurence Hubswerlin Diradourian

912 Nicaragua, 2011
30 x 40 cm
Painting

$638

L'Atlas, Blue weather, Painting

L'Atlas

Blue weather, 2020
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$6,685

Tarek, Rex, Painting

Tarek

Rex, 2020
14 x 24 x 2 cm
Painting

$972

Edmond Li Bellefroid, Méduse, Painting

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Méduse, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,646

Cope2, Bronx Made, Painting

Cope2

Bronx Made, 2021
152.4 x 137.9 x 4 cm
Painting

$11,547

Henry Escobar, Nounours, Painting

Henry Escobar

Nounours, 2021
100 x 81 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,945

Yasna Godovanik, A Love Day In NY, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

A Love Day In NY, 2021
119 x 84 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,579

VL., Koons. Skull, Painting

VL.

Koons. Skull, 2021
39 x 39 x 2 cm
Painting

$273 $304

JP Malot, Shoot the bank X boum La grenade 2012., Painting

JP Malot

Shoot the bank X boum La grenade 2012., 2012
70 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,337

Mimi The Clown, Sans titre, Painting

Mimi The Clown

Sans titre, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$383 $425

B.AX, Art Station, Painting

B.AX

Art Station, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,568

Nebay, Esprit Mâlin, Painting

Nebay

Esprit Mâlin, 2021
130 x 97 x 4 cm
Painting

$5,956

Nacks, Garfield, Painting

Nacks

Garfield, 2020
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,155

Pegaz, Spat'Art, Painting

Pegaz

Spat'Art, 2021
53 x 43 x 4 cm
Painting

$547 $608

Christopher Henry, Téléphone Rose, Painting

Christopher Henry

Téléphone Rose, 2021
19 x 15.5 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$243

Raf Urban, Hope, Painting

Raf Urban

Hope, 2019
65 x 45 x 3 cm
Painting

$705

Pez, Love The Streets, Painting

Pez

Love The Streets, 2019
130 x 97 x 3 cm
Painting

$9,724

Pierre-François Grimaldi, Mogador, Painting

Pierre-François Grimaldi

Mogador, 2021
17 x 17 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,215

Carlos Pun, Limes and honey Strawberries Gummy Bears, Painting

Carlos Pun

Limes and honey Strawberries Gummy Bears, 2021
90 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,450

Aiiroh, Preserve C3 P0, Painting

Aiiroh

Preserve C3 P0, 2021
80 x 80 x 1 cm
Painting

$12,155

Sven, Fontan, Painting

Sven

Fontan, 2021
120 x 120 x 3 cm
Painting

$5,348

Maria De Campos, Jm Basquiat, Painting

Maria De Campos

Jm Basquiat, 2021
162 x 130 x 4 cm
Painting

$7,548 $8,387

Chloé Kelly Miller, Coucher de soleil, Painting

Chloé Kelly Miller

Coucher de soleil, 2021
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,945

Vincent Bardou, Basquiat Pop, Painting

Vincent Bardou

Basquiat Pop, 2021
100 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,403

Ami imaginaire, Flamingo Nénuphars, Painting

Ami imaginaire

Flamingo Nénuphars, 2021
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$547

JonOne, Preserved conserved, Painting

JonOne

Preserved conserved, 2020
100 x 84 x 2 cm
Painting

$21,271

DB Waterman, Power Flower, Painting

DB Waterman

Power Flower, 2021
80 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,470

Yoann Bonneville (YBA), Like a prayer, Painting

Yoann Bonneville (YBA)

Like a prayer, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,702

Bastien Ducourtioux, Past, Painting

Bastien Ducourtioux

Past, 2020
80 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$960

Hope 1393, Aloha, Painting

Hope 1393

Aloha, 2021
116 x 146 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$5,105

Kev Munday, Pile Up, Painting

Kev Munday

Pile Up, 2021
90 x 60 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,127

Charbey, Composition avec lettres 3, Painting

Charbey

Composition avec lettres 3, 2021
100 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$851

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Harmony, Painting

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Harmony, 2012
62 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

$12,276

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