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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, Ernest Pignon-Ernest 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 Ernest Pignon-Ernest's life, he 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, Ernest-Pignon Ernest 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.

In 2023, Ernest Pignon-Ernest was exhibited during Galerie Lelong's "De traces en empreintes" exposition.


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Print, Recouvrance 2006, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Recouvrance 2006

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 64 x 81.5 cm

$1,447

Painting, Portrait d'Artaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Portrait d'Artaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Painting - 29 x 12.5 x 1 cm

$7,404

Fine Art Drawings, Wagner, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Wagner

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 36 x 40 cm

$20,194

Print, Pablo Neruda - Santiago 81, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pablo Neruda - Santiago 81

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

$1,234

Fine Art Drawings, Véronique et son voile, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Véronique et son voile

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 25 x 48 cm

$8,975

Print, Etude de jeune fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de jeune fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 x 1 cm

$2,019

Print, Etude de Fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 26 x 36 x 1 cm

$1,346

Print, Etude de Fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 26 x 36 x 1 cm

$1,346

Print, Autres jeunes filles, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Autres jeunes filles

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 18.8 x 27 x 1.8 cm

$785

Print, Alger 2003, Parcours Maurice Audin "El Biar", Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Alger 2003, Parcours Maurice Audin "El Biar"

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$785

Print, Pasolini - Dans l'infamie des temps, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pasolini - Dans l'infamie des temps

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 102.5 x 69 cm

$2,210

Print, Madone au serpent -  Napoli 90, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Madone au serpent - Napoli 90

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$1,010

Print, Alger 2003 Parcours Maurice Audin - El Biar, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Alger 2003 Parcours Maurice Audin - El Biar

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm

$785

Print, Desnos-Nerval 2001, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Desnos-Nerval 2001

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

$1,234

Print, Derrière la vitre 8, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Derrière la vitre 8

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

$785

Fine Art Drawings, Regards, Rimbaud, étude n°9, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Regards, Rimbaud, étude n°9

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 24 x 22 cm

$20,194

Fine Art Drawings, Verlaine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Verlaine

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 39 x 29 x 0.5 cm

$17,950

Fine Art Drawings, Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°13, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°13

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 24 cm

$11,219

Fine Art Drawings, Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°16, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°16

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 24 cm

$15,706

Fine Art Drawings, Hugo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Hugo

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 38 x 26 cm

$17,950

Fine Art Drawings, Etude d'après Marie Madeleine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude d'après Marie Madeleine

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 20 x 95.5 cm

$20,194

Print, Festival des passeurs d'humanité, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Festival des passeurs d'humanité

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 70 x 50 cm

$538

Fine Art Drawings, Etude pour une allégorie de la justice, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour une allégorie de la justice

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 101 x 64 cm

$33,656

Print, Abbatiale St Pons, Nice, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Abbatiale St Pons, Nice

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 105 x 75 cm

$1,066

Print, Catherine de Sienne, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Catherine de Sienne

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 90 x 60 cm

$2,210

Fine Art Drawings, Etude pour les Arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les Arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 cm

$15,145

Fine Art Drawings, Etude pour les arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 cm

$15,145

Fine Art Drawings, Parcours Desnos, Louise Lame, étude 2, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Parcours Desnos, Louise Lame, étude 2

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 45 x 31 cm

$22,437

Fine Art Drawings, Anvers, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Anvers

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 63 x 38 cm

$22,437

Fine Art Drawings, Extase, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extase

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 28 x 22 cm

$14,584

Print, Rimbaud, Boulevard Saint-Michel, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Boulevard Saint-Michel

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm

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Who is the artist?

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, Ernest Pignon-Ernest 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 Ernest Pignon-Ernest's life, he 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, Ernest-Pignon Ernest 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.

In 2023, Ernest Pignon-Ernest was exhibited during Galerie Lelong's "De traces en empreintes" exposition.

What are their 3 main works?

What is Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Famous Illustrators, Somber Portrait Painters, Classically-Inspired Illustrative Artists, Figurative Street Artists, Detailed Somber Illustrations

When was Ernest Pignon-Ernest born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1942