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Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Born in: 1942

France

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Biography

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, ambassador of urban art in France was born in Nice in 1942. He lives in Paris where he spread his art in the streets of the capital.

With charcoal and black chalk, he sketches human-sized figures on posters and then sticks them. He works with ribbed erasers of all sizes, refines shadows and brings realism and depth to his work. Like an owl, he goes out hunting walls in the night in order to create. Discreet and quick are the key words for his nocturnal outings.

Ernest-Pignon Ernest doesn't choose his places coincidentally. Thinking about the space takes up as much time as the final creation. A true instigator, he deciphers the environment in its spatial and symbolic dimension. He needs to be able to capture the entire territory to have an expert hand on it and provide his fictional element afterward. The essence of the place is then portrayed to all.

With Daniel Buren and Gérard Zlotykamien, Ernest-Pignon Ernest is one of the founding fathers of street art in France. Since 30 years, he uses dreams and poetry in alleys and streets, plotting the furrow for those generations of artists that will follow.

He can't help it but he still has some urban art founding principles like the ephemeral. Ernest-Pignon Ernest produces in series with the help of thin and delicate paper, therefore he goes with the flow of events. The work in streets belong to him and depend on him. The drawings will vanish through time or will be covered.

The artist gives a lot of important to the fact that creation has to be a part of his visual context. His human figures trigger face to face encounters with passers by, they are questioned while being on the street.

During his whole life, the artist defended all kinds of major social issues and became part of these in a political and artistic manner. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the National union of visual artists and the member of the French communism party.

His career and trips made him encounter horrible scenes. Firstly, he was horrified by the apocalypse events which hit Nagasaki and the walls still retain the traces, he sees shadows still impacted by the shock. The AIDS issue in South of Africa not to mention the struggle against Apartheid.

Ernest-Pignon-Ernest manages to capture the beauty and terror of the world, sometimes in the same work. He springs the essence of these two worlds, in order to question and stimulate the conscience, through finesse.

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude pour Extases (Catherine de Sienne), Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour Extases (Catherine de Sienne), 2015
29.5 x 41.3 inch
Print

$1,769

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Dock de Brest / parcours Jean Genet, Drawing

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Dock de Brest / parcours Jean Genet, 2006
36.2 x 28.3 inch
Drawing

$4,881

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, René Cassin, Drawing

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

René Cassin, 2008
9.8 x 7.9 inch
Drawing

$5,491

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 14.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,464

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Port de Recouvrance Brest / EA Parcours Jean Genet, Drawing

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Port de Recouvrance Brest / EA Parcours Jean Genet, 2006
36.2 x 28.3 x 1.2 inch
Drawing

$4,881

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$976

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Saint Denis, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Saint Denis, 2005
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,196

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, 3e Prix Jacques-Goddet, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

3e Prix Jacques-Goddet, 2006
22.4 x 17.3 inch
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$720

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 14.6 x 0.4 inch
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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch
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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 13.8 inch
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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Derrière la vitre, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Derrière la vitre, 2011
31.5 x 23.6 inch
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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch
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36-36 The artists celebrate 80 years of Paid Leave
From July, 23 To July, 31 2016
Gruissan - France

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