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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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Nick Walker, Bow ties 03, Painting

Nick Walker

Bow ties 03, 2015
12 x 12 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$3,616

Onemizer, Aladdin, Painting

Onemizer

Aladdin, 2020
25.6 x 25.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,435

Cope2, Bronx King, Painting

Cope2

Bronx King, 2021
6.3 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$723

JonOne, Everything going to be find, Painting

JonOne

Everything going to be find, 2018
59.1 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Rico Sab, Idefix, Painting

Rico Sab

Idefix, 2021
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$289

Jéko, Sand, Painting

Jéko

Sand, 2021
16.1 x 13 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,145

M.Chat, Chats au zénith, Painting

M.Chat

Chats au zénith, 2021
19.7 x 24 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,328

L'Atlas, Purple midnight, Painting

L'Atlas

Purple midnight, 2020
59.1 x 59.1 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

C215, Gainsbourg, Painting

C215

Gainsbourg, 2020
10 x 18 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,179 $1,386

Spaco, Pop Haring, Painting

Spaco

Pop Haring, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$205

tizlu, Sadness Eraser, Painting

tizlu

Sadness Eraser, 2021
55.1 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,802 $5,785

Daru, Mini Rolex, Painting

Daru

Mini Rolex, 2021
14.6 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,446

Brusk (DMV), Dripping Panthéon, Painting

Brusk (DMV)

Dripping Panthéon, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$8,196

Jo Di Bona, Monrobay queen, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Monrobay queen, 2021
31.5 x 16.5 x 2.4 inch
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

Dr. Love, Hope (a tribute to Banksy), Painting

Dr. Love

Hope (a tribute to Banksy), 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$180 $239

Zenoy, Chrome Angel, Painting

Zenoy

Chrome Angel, 2021
31.9 x 8.3 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,170

John Matos Crash, Brrrr, Painting

John Matos Crash

Brrrr, 1990
28.5 x 48.5 inch
Painting

$7,834

Fabien Novarino, Rocky David, Painting

Fabien Novarino

Rocky David, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,170

Duster, Untitled, Painting

Duster

Untitled, 2013
41.5 x 53 inch
Painting

$7,834

Lady Pink, Coral Pink, Painting

Lady Pink

Coral Pink, 2021
36 x 26 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$4,701

Noze, Graffiti Wall #25, Painting

Noze

Graffiti Wall #25, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,928

Jérôme Mesnager, 96, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

96, 2021
19.5 x 6.7 x 2 inch
Painting

Sold

Chris Ellis (Daze), Tunnel, Painting

Chris Ellis (Daze)

Tunnel, 2011
16 x 20 inch
Painting

$5,785

Marta Zawadzka, Paris, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Paris, 2021
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,411

Paco Roum, You are Rock ! Baby, Painting

Paco Roum

You are Rock ! Baby, 2021
25.6 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,145

Noir Artist, Contemplation - Paz, Painting

Noir Artist

Contemplation - Paz, 2021
59.1 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,629

Nef, Little Raymond, Painting

Nef

Little Raymond, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 inch
Painting

$362

Jean-Philippe Berger, The sunny girl, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

The sunny girl, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$904

Grégory Marseille, Shine N°3, Painting

Grégory Marseille

Shine N°3, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$482

Yasna Godovanik, In Rush For Love, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

In Rush For Love, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$829 $1,507

Rafael Sliks, Untitled, Painting

Rafael Sliks

Untitled, 2021
46.9 x 46.9 x 2 inch
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

JP Malot, Street ghost Paris city, Painting

JP Malot

Street ghost Paris city, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$964

Séverine Solcourt, Go Smiley, Painting

Séverine Solcourt

Go Smiley, 2021
55.1 x 55.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,701

Ian Philip, Skate business Vador II, Painting

Ian Philip

Skate business Vador II, 2021
31.5 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,193

Ziegler T, One good thing about art, Painting

Ziegler T

One good thing about art, 2021
33.5 x 22.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$362

Muriel Deumie, Chat Alors, Painting

Muriel Deumie

Chat Alors, 2021
39.4 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,822 $2,025

Karl Lagasse, To rob a bank, Painting

Karl Lagasse

To rob a bank, 2021
35.8 x 24 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$186,822

Carlos Pun, Mickey Mouse Street Art tag in pink, green and black, Painting

Carlos Pun

Mickey Mouse Street Art tag in pink, green and black, 2021
35.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,250

Yoann Bonneville (YBA), Sunset 3, Painting

Yoann Bonneville (YBA)

Sunset 3, 2021
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,808

Voxx Romana, Floating on a Kiss - Purple red, Painting

Voxx Romana

Floating on a Kiss - Purple red, 2018
27 x 21.7 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$723

Robert Sgarra, Chaplin boxe, Painting

Robert Sgarra

Chaplin boxe, 2021
63 x 44.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,424

Dimitri Jelezky, Punk 3, Painting

Dimitri Jelezky

Punk 3, 2021
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Painting

$350

Patrick Cornée, Popeye loves Bitcoins, Painting

Patrick Cornée

Popeye loves Bitcoins, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,712 $3,013

C-Mon, Bugs Bunny, Painting

C-Mon

Bugs Bunny, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,844 $2,049

VL., Happy Skull, Painting

VL.

Happy Skull, 2021
15.4 x 19.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$350

Did Dontzoff, Sans titre, Painting

Did Dontzoff

Sans titre, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$3,495

Tehos, Follow the wall 03, Painting

Tehos

Follow the wall 03, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,013

Vincent Bardou, Peace City, Painting

Vincent Bardou

Peace City, 2021
45.7 x 35 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,495

Nebay, Esprit Malin, Painting

Nebay

Esprit Malin, 2021
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,906

Mihoub, Egaré, Painting

Mihoub

Egaré, 2021
36.2 x 28.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$3,375

Marion Zimmermann, Streetart 5, Painting

Marion Zimmermann

Streetart 5, 2011
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$988

Pez, Mision Paint Cities, Painting

Pez

Mision Paint Cities, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,027

Little Ricky, Looking For..Kisstal, Painting

Little Ricky

Looking For..Kisstal, 2021
36 x 24 inch
Painting

$895

Cumbone, Mantraffiti 2021, Painting

Cumbone

Mantraffiti 2021, 2021
82.7 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$6,629

Thierry Auger, Mobkey, Painting

Thierry Auger

Mobkey, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,411

Tang, Blossom, Painting

Tang

Blossom, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$603

Ynot, Nonchalant dans les contraintes, pas dans les challenges, Painting

Ynot

Nonchalant dans les contraintes, pas dans les challenges, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$723

Agrume, Morsure du Hasard, Painting

Agrume

Morsure du Hasard, 2020
31.5 x 33.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,845

Plastic Jesus, Stop Making Stupid People Famous, Painting

Plastic Jesus

Stop Making Stupid People Famous, 2021
40 x 30 x 1 inch
Painting

$10,000

Javier Garló, El Esperador, Painting

Javier Garló

El Esperador, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$1,085

Benjamin Vitrol Vautier Alvarez, Joyful, Painting

Benjamin Vitrol Vautier Alvarez

Joyful, 2021
18.1 x 15 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$708 $832

Art By Son, Biggie Smalls get money, Painting

Art By Son

Biggie Smalls get money, 2020
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,953

Koralie, Rotation 2, Painting

Koralie

Rotation 2, 2020
29.5 x 22 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,290

Tony Tichene, Steve legend, Painting

Tony Tichene

Steve legend, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$542

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