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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

$1,316

Jérôme Mesnager, En plein Essor (22 de 2021), Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

En plein Essor (22 de 2021), 2021
21 x 16.8 x 6.5 cm
Painting

$694

Liora, L.o.v.e....Vole, Painting

Liora

L.o.v.e....Vole, 2021
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,185

C215, Le couple, Painting

C215

Le couple, 2021
64.5 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$5,863

Spaco, Batman vs Joker, Painting

Spaco

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

$132

Nef, Dark hope II, Painting

Nef

Dark hope II, 2021
29.7 x 42 cm
Painting

$479

Fabien Novarino, Steve drives 911, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Steve drives 911, 2020
80 x 80 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,974

Shelby, Square Love (Banksy X Keith Haring), Painting

Shelby

Square Love (Banksy X Keith Haring), 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,111

L'Atlas, Illuminated Display, Painting

L'Atlas

Illuminated Display, 2020
50 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,188

Keny, Spirale, Painting

Keny

Spirale, 2021
60 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$359

Agnieszka Staak-Janczarska, Landscape, Painting

Agnieszka Staak-Janczarska

Landscape, 2020
19 x 23 cm
Painting

$203

Louis Bottero, Maloya, Painting

Louis Bottero

Maloya, 2016
78 x 99 x 2 cm
Painting

$4,667

Bze Bzeland, Utopie, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Utopie, 2021
42 x 29.7 cm
Painting

$299

Marta Zawadzka, White rhythm, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

White rhythm, 2021
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,273

Yasna Godovanik, Love One Another, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Love One Another, 2021
100 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,544

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

Sold

Jean-Philippe Berger, Géonimo II, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

Géonimo II, 2021
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

$443

Dominique Heitz, Acidulés, Painting

Dominique Heitz

Acidulés, 2021
50 x 100 cm
Painting

$1,173

JP Vergnaud, Sans titre 5, Painting

JP Vergnaud

Sans titre 5, 2021
130 x 97 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,424

Arsen, Pop tomato, Painting

Arsen

Pop tomato, 2021
66.5 x 41.5 x 5.5 cm
Painting

$1,023 $1,137

PyB, Dino Basquiat, Painting

PyB

Dino Basquiat, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$335

Ziegler T, Peace love and anarchy monkey sign, Painting

Ziegler T

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

$359

Henry Escobar, All-star 01, Painting

Henry Escobar

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

$1,914

Onemizer, Banksy VS Kenny, Painting

Onemizer

Banksy VS Kenny, 2020
85 x 65 x 4.5 cm
Painting

$4,607

Socrate, Chanel Marilyn, Painting

Socrate

Chanel Marilyn, 2021
60 x 50 x 5 cm
Painting

$2,261

Lounys, Cerveaux non disponibles, Painting

Lounys

Cerveaux non disponibles, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,291

Cécile Boceno, Toute une histoire, Painting

Cécile Boceno

Toute une histoire, 2021
120 x 150 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,786

Fat, Métro Skate Bart, Painting

Fat

Métro Skate Bart, 2021
45 x 23 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,017

Seen, WildStyle-Post no bills, Painting

Seen

WildStyle-Post no bills, 2017
152.4 x 457.2 cm
Painting

$8,974

Socrate, Wonder Woman, Painting

Socrate

Wonder Woman, 2021
80 x 60 x 5 cm
Painting

$2,872

Tarek, Is he in earth ?, Painting

Tarek

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

$1,220

Erró, Hommage à Picasso, Painting

Erró

Hommage à Picasso, 2021
54 x 78 x 3 cm
Painting

$14,957

Eric Doisy, Bandana, Painting

Eric Doisy

Bandana, 2021
116 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,675

Stéphane Rime, No name 50.40 #47, Painting

Stéphane Rime

No name 50.40 #47, 2020
50 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$120

Muriel Deumie, Art de rue, Painting

Muriel Deumie

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

$1,777 $1,974

DN, Super Dollard, Painting

DN

Super Dollard, 2020
100 x 70 cm
Painting

$1,197

Bishop Parigo, Yellow skate, Painting

Bishop Parigo

Yellow skate, 2019
79 x 20.5 x 5 cm
Painting

$419

Raf Urban, Hema, Painting

Raf Urban

Hema, 2019
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$538

JP Malot, Tagadabstract X Shoot The Bank, Painting

JP Malot

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

$1,316

cObo, Heart Killer Blue, Painting

cObo

Heart Killer Blue, 2021
30 x 21 x 3 cm
Painting

$479

Nacks, Pink panther the street, Painting

Nacks

Pink panther the street, 2021
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,197

2flui, Grey fluide, Painting

2flui

Grey fluide, 2020
57.5 x 47 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$538

Mosko, Panthère rose, Painting

Mosko

Panthère rose, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,017

Gary John, Monopoly, Painting

Gary John

Monopoly, 2020
54.6 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$850

Julien Raynaud, Abstract, Painting

Julien Raynaud

Abstract, 2020
67 x 67 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,974

Felipe Pantone, Plannar Direction #10, Painting

Felipe Pantone

Plannar Direction #10, 2017
180 x 162 cm
Painting

Sold

Ghost (aka Cousin Frank), Throwie, Painting

Ghost (aka Cousin Frank)

Throwie, 2021
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.3 cm
Painting

$538

Asko, Young Vandals, Painting

Asko

Young Vandals, 2021
100 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,441 $1,675

Bortusk Leer, Monster #3MJ, Painting

Bortusk Leer

Monster #3MJ, 2021
54.5 x 40.5 cm
Painting

$269

Seb Paul Michel, MIaooo abstrat III, Painting

Seb Paul Michel

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

$431 $479

Yoann Bonneville (YBA), Solaire, Painting

Yoann Bonneville (YBA)

Solaire, 2021
120 x 120 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,350

Ravi, Tagueur Coeur, Painting

Ravi

Tagueur Coeur, 2021
23 x 23 x 2 cm
Painting

$162 $179

Cumbone, Mantraffiti sur bois, Painting

Cumbone

Mantraffiti sur bois, 2021
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$4,786

Yrak, Crochet, Painting

Yrak

Crochet, 2020
100 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$4,308

Andrea Van Der Hoeven, Silenzio Bruno, Painting

Andrea Van Der Hoeven

Silenzio Bruno, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$598

Kar- Part, Doblador de estilo, Painting

Kar- Part

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

$2,100

Elam, Akar, Painting

Elam

Akar, 2021
55 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$658

Kaser, Fire style, Painting

Kaser

Fire style, 2021
80 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$572

Cdric-Moasa, Break the bank, Painting

Cdric-Moasa

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

$1,197

Niack One, Purple Caps, Painting

Niack One

Purple Caps, 2017
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,872

Our recommendations Z2086_Ledoare, Cyborg_Network_1, Painting

Z2086_Ledoare

Cyborg_Network_1, 2020
116 x 89 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,872

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

$2,991

Rico Sab, Amazing Paris, Painting

Rico Sab

Amazing Paris, 2021
130 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,197

Patricia Gadisseur, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Painting

Patricia Gadisseur

Breakfast at Tiffany's, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,017

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