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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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Cope2, Bronx Icon 1, Painting

Cope2

Bronx Icon 1, 2021
50 x 40 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,325

Rico Sab, Be Famous, Painting

Rico Sab

Be Famous, 2021
55 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

Spaco, Batman vs Joker, Painting

Spaco

Batman vs Joker, 2021
20 x 20 x 2 cm
Painting

$133

Nef, Selfie, Painting

Nef

Selfie, 2021
29.7 x 42 cm
Painting

$482

Keny, Spirale, Painting

Keny

Spirale, 2021
60 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$361

L'Atlas, Deep Tuesday, Painting

L'Atlas

Deep Tuesday, 2019
120 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$9,036

L'Atlas, Illuminated Display, Painting

L'Atlas

Illuminated Display, 2020
50 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,217

Bze Bzeland, Utopie, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Utopie, 2021
42 x 29.7 cm
Painting

$301

Marta Zawadzka, White rhythm, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

White rhythm, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,289

Patrick Cornée, Betty Boop, Monaco life, Time black, Painting

Patrick Cornée

Betty Boop, Monaco life, Time black, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,470 $3,856

Louis Bottero, Maloya, Painting

Louis Bottero

Maloya, 2016
78 x 99 x 2 cm
Painting

$4,699

Jef Aérosol, Kitch Costello, Painting

Jef Aérosol

Kitch Costello, 1991
123 x 150 x 12 cm
Painting

$10,844

Ceet Fouad, Empty C, Painting

Ceet Fouad

Empty C, 2021
100 x 81 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$4,819

Homek & Jerome Mesnager, 81, Painting

Homek & Jerome Mesnager

81, 2021
61 x 46 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,807

Dominique Heitz, Détournement de codes, Painting

Dominique Heitz

Détournement de codes, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,518

Seen, Dripping (XL), Painting

Seen

Dripping (XL), 2020
122 x 71 cm
Painting

$2,018

Shake, Liberty ca$h, Painting

Shake

Liberty ca$h, 2021
19.5 x 15.5 x 1 cm
Painting

$482

SoRi, Elsa Schiaparelli, Painting

SoRi

Elsa Schiaparelli, 2021
36.5 x 30 cm
Painting

$831

Ziegler T, Peace love and anarchy monkey sign, Painting

Ziegler T

Peace love and anarchy monkey sign, 2021
56 x 38 cm
Painting

$361

Henry Escobar, All-star 01, Painting

Henry Escobar

All-star 01, 2021
100 x 81 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$1,928

PyB, Dino Basquiat, Painting

PyB

Dino Basquiat, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$337

Lady Pink, Peace, Love & Spray Paint, Painting

Lady Pink

Peace, Love & Spray Paint, 2021
10.2 x 10.2 x 1.3 cm
Painting

$783

In Love Street Art, E=M love au carré - 2, Painting

In Love Street Art

E=M love au carré - 2, 2020
20 x 27.5 x 0.8 cm
Painting

$663

Tarek, Is he in earth ?, Painting

Tarek

Is he in earth ?, 2011
46 x 55 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,229

VL., Haring Skull, Painting

VL.

Haring Skull, 2021
39 x 49 x 2 cm
Painting

$325 $361

Fat, Fat Basquiat, Painting

Fat

Fat Basquiat, 2021
43 x 43 x 4 cm
Painting

$964

La Pointe, Shizu, Painting

La Pointe

Shizu, 2021
100 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

$723

Muriel Deumie, Art de rue, Painting

Muriel Deumie

Art de rue, 2021
130 x 97 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,789 $1,988

JP Malot, Tagadabstract X Shoot The Bank, Painting

JP Malot

Tagadabstract X Shoot The Bank, 2021
105 x 75 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,193 $1,325

Martin, The wolf, Painting

Martin

The wolf, 2018
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

Goddog, First step, Painting

Goddog

First step, 2021
70 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,807

Bishop Parigo, Pink skate, Painting

Bishop Parigo

Pink skate, 2019
79 x 20.5 x 5 cm
Painting

Sold

2flui, Grey fluide, Painting

2flui

Grey fluide, 2020
57.5 x 47 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$542

Nacks, Mickey in the street, Painting

Nacks

Mickey in the street, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,205

Gary John, Scooby, Painting

Gary John

Scooby, 2019
54.6 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$850

Mosko, Panthère rose, Painting

Mosko

Panthère rose, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,024

Thierry Beaudenon, Wonder Woman Strong X, Painting

Thierry Beaudenon

Wonder Woman Strong X, 2021
60 x 68 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,988

Maria Esmar, Break the ice, Painting

Maria Esmar

Break the ice, 2021
140 x 110 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,578

Ghost (aka Cousin Frank), Throwie, Painting

Ghost (aka Cousin Frank)

Throwie, 2021
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.3 cm
Painting

$542

Ben Gulak, Ms. Money Maker, Painting

Ben Gulak

Ms. Money Maker, 2021
91.4 x 61 cm
Painting

$1,100

Yannick Aaron, Legomania, Painting

Yannick Aaron

Legomania, 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,446

Yoann Bonneville (YBA), Solaire, Painting

Yoann Bonneville (YBA)

Solaire, 2021
120 x 120 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,374

Kar- Part, Doblador de estilo, Painting

Kar- Part

Doblador de estilo, 2021
50.8 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$2,100

Robert Sgarra, Circus, Painting

Robert Sgarra

Circus, 2021
126 x 180 x 4 cm
Painting

$9,639

Jisbar, Model David, Painting

Jisbar

Model David, 2021
116 x 86 x 2 cm
Painting

$8,075

Yrak, Crochet, Painting

Yrak

Crochet, 2020
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$4,337

Elam, Akar, Painting

Elam

Akar, 2021
55 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$783

Seb Paul Michel, MIaooo abstrat III, Painting

Seb Paul Michel

MIaooo abstrat III, 2020
65 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

$482

Sven, Ram, Painting

Sven

Ram, 2020
100 x 200 x 5 cm
Painting

$9,036

Andrea Van Der Hoeven, Tomorrow is another day, Painting

Andrea Van Der Hoeven

Tomorrow is another day, 2021
92 x 65 x 3 cm
Painting

$470 $602

The London Police Chaz and Bob, Dreddlad and Single Lad 01, Painting

The London Police Chaz and Bob

Dreddlad and Single Lad 01, 2021
50 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,007

Dark, Le passage (collaboration avec Elips), Painting

Dark

Le passage (collaboration avec Elips), 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,928

Francisco Manuel Rosado Díaz, Vengo de muy lejos, Painting

Francisco Manuel Rosado Díaz

Vengo de muy lejos, 2021
100 x 75 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$1,253

Cdric-Moasa, Break the bank, Painting

Cdric-Moasa

Break the bank, 2020
50 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,205

Nicolas Blind, Words of wisdom, Painting

Nicolas Blind

Words of wisdom, 2020
80 x 60 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,446

Steli Christoff, Ski Love 4, Painting

Steli Christoff

Ski Love 4, 2021
100.1 x 100.1 x 4.6 cm
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Yuniesky Rodriguez Peña, Cash money money bags, Painting

Yuniesky Rodriguez Peña

Cash money money bags, 2021
91.4 x 61 cm
Painting

$1,100

Niack One, Purple Caps, Painting

Niack One

Purple Caps, 2017
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,892

Seb Paul Michel, Vive les palmiers III, Painting

Seb Paul Michel

Vive les palmiers III, 2021
24 x 33 x 2 cm
Painting

$241

Anthony Miclo, Phantom 10, Painting

Anthony Miclo

Phantom 10, 2021
100 x 73 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,687

Our recommendations Z2086_Ledoare, Cyborg_Network_1, Painting

Z2086_Ledoare

Cyborg_Network_1, 2020
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,892

Mike Jacobs, Sète triptyque, Painting

Mike Jacobs

Sète triptyque, 2021
82 x 150 x 1 cm
Painting

$4,819

M.Chat, M.Chat sous les cieux mauves, Painting

M.Chat

M.Chat sous les cieux mauves, 2021
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,012

Shelby, Happy Skull, Painting

Shelby

Happy Skull, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,133

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