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Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

France • Born in: 1942

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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, 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, Autres jeunes filles, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Autres jeunes filles, 1998 18.8 x 27 x 1.8 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Elsa, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Elsa, 2020 70 x 50 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Mithra, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Mithra, 2018 76 x 120 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

$1,066

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

$959

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

$1,066

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 46 x 36 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de jeune fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de jeune fille, 1998 60 x 80 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de Fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille, 1998 26 x 36 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude de Fille, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille, 1998 26 x 36 x 1 cm Print

$1,279

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 46 x 37 x 3 cm Print

$1,279

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 48 x 37 cm Print

$1,066

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Anvers, Fine Art Drawings

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Anvers, 1982 63 x 38 cm Fine Art Drawings

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Our recommendations Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Saint Denis, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Saint Denis, 2005 70 x 50 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans titre, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans-titre, Print

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Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans-titre, Print

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Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans-titre, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans-titre, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans-titre, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Sans-titre, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans-titre, 2011 20.8 x 11.4 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud (32), Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud (32), 1986 46 x 36 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 46 x 36 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986 60 x 40 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Extase, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extase, 2004 35 x 24 x 1 cm Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

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Rimbaud, 1986 47 x 36 x 1 cm Print

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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, 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.

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