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Jérôme Mesnager, Les Dents de la Mer

Jérôme Mesnager Les Dents de la Mer , 2019

View in a room Painting 36.2 x 28.7 x 0.6 inch Unique artwork


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Jérôme Mesnager, Les Dents de la Mer
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    PARIS - France

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    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Painting : acrylic

  • Themes

    Street art, Nude

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    36.2 x 28.7 x 0.6 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    Without being conscious, every city dweller know the artist Jérôme Mesnager, a pioneer and a french street art icon. Now, he’s deeply written in our cities landscape because of his mystic and enigmatic "Man in white" : these meaningful and graceful characters of all sizes deliciously haunting our streets and walls.

    People from Paris will talk about «Ménilmontant’s guys», a huge wall painting where theses white characters are dancing on the walls of the eponym district, without knowing the face hidden behind this farandole.
    And still, his man in white, which is 36 years old, traveled in the entire world.
    Jérôme Mesnager even colonised the Great Wall of China !

    This painting, "Jaws", is part of the fantasy adaptations proposed as part of the exhibition "The man in white makes his cinema".


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Jérôme Mesnager

Born in: 1961


Emergent Artist

Jerôme Mesnager joined the École Boulle in 1974, where he followed the cabinetmaking course, and where he stayed as a teacher. In 1979, he joined Yves Got's and Georges Pichard's comics course. The two were teaching at the Duperré School.

In 1982, he co-founded Zig-Zag, a group of very young artists who decided to take over the streets by drawing graffiti and to occupy abandoned factories through artistic performances.

On January 16, 1983, he invented the man in white, "a symbol of light, strength and peace". Jerôme Mesnager drew this white silhouette in the entire world: from the walls of Paris to theChinese Wall.

In 1990, the artist left his parent's house and moved to Paris. He showed works drawn on wooden fences at the Loft gallery, and published a catalog of these works. In 1995, he produced a large mural painting in the Ménilmontant street in Paris, "C'est nous les gars de Ménilmontant".

Jerôme Mesnager is often associated with Nemo, a character with a black silhouette wearing a raincoat and a hat. He was part of the Paris street art scene, with artists such as Blek le rat, Miss Tic, Jef Aérosol, Némo, etc. and of the Free Figuration movement in the early 80s.

In 2006, he produced a series of paintings inspired by art nouveau and art deco. The same year, hedrew his white characters in the Hôtel des Academies et des Arts in Paris.

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