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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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Daru, Alice au pays de Chanel, Painting

Daru

Alice au pays de Chanel, 2021
113 x 73 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,371 $2,635

JonOne, NOW, Painting

JonOne

NOW, 2020
70 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$16,937

M.Chat, Les amoureux, Painting

M.Chat

Les amoureux, 2021
50 x 65 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,136

C215, Regard, Painting

C215

Regard, 2021
65 x 44 x 5 cm
Painting

$6,022

Our recommendations Seen, Raw bubble, Painting

Seen

Raw bubble, 2020
71 x 71 cm
Painting

$1,882

DN, Surf Picsou Hermès 2, Painting

DN

Surf Picsou Hermès 2, 2020
92 x 52 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,367

Speedy Graphito, Rencontre Impromptue, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Rencontre Impromptue, 2020
76 x 56 x 4 cm
Painting

$10,664

David Ferreira, Toto, Painting

David Ferreira

Toto, 2019
100 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,631

Gabriela Lavezzari, Jazmin del cielo, Painting

Gabriela Lavezzari

Jazmin del cielo, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,513

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

Dr. Love

Love and Hope (a tribute to Banksy), 2021
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,630 $1,873

Zenoy, Love letters, Painting

Zenoy

Love letters, 2020
180 x 180 x 5 cm
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Vidiz, Tomato, Painting

Vidiz

Tomato, 2021
82 x 41 x 3 cm
Painting

$439

Etienne Quesnay, Le favori, Painting

Etienne Quesnay

Le favori, 2021
31 x 23 cm
Painting

$502

Brusk (DMV), Heroic Time's I, Painting

Brusk (DMV)

Heroic Time's I, 2021
92 x 65 cm
Painting

$8,531

Tanc, Sans titre T111, Painting

Tanc

Sans titre T111, 2017
100 x 100 x 7 cm
Painting

$6,022

KiKo, Balloon Girl Hermès, Painting

KiKo

Balloon Girl Hermès, 2021
50 x 70 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,120

2flui, Estampery, Painting

2flui

Estampery, 2016
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$565

Tommaso Fattovich, Stracciare, Painting

Tommaso Fattovich

Stracciare, 2021
137.16 x 274.32 cm
Painting

$11,661

Shelby, Love street art, Painting

Shelby

Love street art, 2021
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,936 $3,262

Psyckoze, Over the Top, Painting

Psyckoze

Over the Top, 2020
70 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$6,273

Alec Monopoly, Ski Dollars, Painting

Alec Monopoly

Ski Dollars, 2016
122 x 96 x 5 cm
Painting

25,000 - $ 50,000

Rikki Kasso, The Day Breaks, Painting

Rikki Kasso

The Day Breaks, 2019
81 x 61 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,807 $2,007

Add Fuel, Rift 02, Painting

Add Fuel

Rift 02, 2020
81.3 x 81.3 cm
Painting

$4,900

Jef Aérosol, Sitting Kids, Painting

Jef Aérosol

Sitting Kids, 2020
60 x 60 x 0.5 cm
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Jean-Luc Lopez, Drapés sur Venise, Painting

Jean-Luc Lopez

Drapés sur Venise, 2021
80 x 100 cm
Painting

$1,505

Spaco, King Basquiat JMB, Painting

Spaco

King Basquiat JMB, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$213

Astro, Red Vortex, Painting

Astro

Red Vortex, 2021
130 x 100 cm
Painting

$6,775

Mr. Brainwash, Balloon Girl, Painting

Mr. Brainwash

Balloon Girl, 2020
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Painting

$13,800

Mino Maccari, The Spirit of Navigation, Painting

Mino Maccari

The Spirit of Navigation, 1963
60 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$853 $1,066

tizlu, Pandora's Box, Painting

tizlu

Pandora's Box, 2021
120 x 52 x 1 cm
Painting

$6,022

Jean-Philippe Berger, 007 : S. Connery vs U. Andress, Painting

Jean-Philippe Berger

007 : S. Connery vs U. Andress, 2021
50 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$627

Nef, Dark hope, Painting

Nef

Dark hope, 2021
29.7 x 42 cm
Painting

$376

Marta Zawadzka, Sunlight, Painting

Marta Zawadzka

Sunlight, 2021
120 x 160 x 2 cm
Painting

$4,328

Richard Saint-Amans, Le bateau Ivre, Painting

Richard Saint-Amans

Le bateau Ivre, 2021
159 x 99 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,111 $3,889

Fat, MR Monopoly, Painting

Fat

MR Monopoly, 2020
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,072

Ziegler T, My Kid Just Ruined My Banksy III (Red), Painting

Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My Banksy III (Red), 2021
76 x 56 cm
Painting

$376

PyB, Serge Gainsbourg, Painting

PyB

Serge Gainsbourg, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$201

Nebay, Il y a Plus De Richesse..., Painting

Nebay

Il y a Plus De Richesse..., 2019
120 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$6,775

Lady Pink, Pink Pump, Painting

Lady Pink

Pink Pump, 2018
61 x 51 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold out

Zengh Yin, Composition 3, Painting

Zengh Yin

Composition 3, 2021
116 x 89 x 5 cm
Painting

$6,147

Laurence Hubswerlin Diradourian, Versailles, Painting

Laurence Hubswerlin Diradourian

Versailles, 2021
90 x 60 cm
Painting

$1,857

Kurar, Child's fragile dream, Painting

Kurar

Child's fragile dream, 2020
100 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,136

VL., Hope Skull, Painting

VL.

Hope Skull, 2021
38 x 48 x 2 cm
Painting

$327 $364

Robert Sgarra, Street art, Painting

Robert Sgarra

Street art, 2021
203 x 88 x 5 cm
Painting

$6,273

Chanoir, Chas Néon Multicolores, Painting

Chanoir

Chas Néon Multicolores, 2021
150 x 150 x 2 cm
Painting

$14,616

Mercedes Lagunas, Werther, Painting

Mercedes Lagunas

Werther, 2021
45 x 120 x 1 cm
Painting

$780

Carlos Pun, Friends for Life ft. Mickey Mouse and Donal Duck, Painting

Carlos Pun

Friends for Life ft. Mickey Mouse and Donal Duck, 2021
90 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,450

Martin, Amy, Painting

Martin

Amy, 2017
90 x 90 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,066

Jéko, Blablabla, Painting

Jéko

Blablabla, 2020
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$1,066

Keymi, Rumeur encadrée N°709 - Comme une invitation à la suivre, Painting

Keymi

Rumeur encadrée N°709 - Comme une invitation à la suivre, 2021
64 x 54 x 4 cm
Painting

$753

Cope2, New York subway city map (R), Painting

Cope2

New York subway city map (R), 2021
82 x 58 x 1 cm
Painting

$1,505

VL., Love, Painting

VL.

Love, 2021
22 x 47 x 2 cm
Painting

$314

Saverio Filioli Uranio, Gerarchie celesti, Painting

Saverio Filioli Uranio

Gerarchie celesti, 2021
50 x 70 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,317

Toctoc, Hope is back, Painting

Toctoc

Hope is back, 2021
27 x 23 x 3 cm
Painting

$502

Cross Magri, Mickey thinks, Painting

Cross Magri

Mickey thinks, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,756

Raf Urban, Hope #5, Painting

Raf Urban

Hope #5, 2021
46 x 33 x 2 cm
Painting

$602

Gomor, Flower, Painting

Gomor

Flower, 2021
30 x 30 x 5 cm
Painting

Sold out

Yasna Godovanik, I Will Love You Forever, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

I Will Love You Forever, 2021
100 x 70 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$895 $1,568

Christine Drummond, African Flavor, Painting

Christine Drummond

African Flavor, 2021
76.2 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm
Painting

$7,100

Patrick Cornée, Amy Winehouse, Time, Pink version, Painting

Patrick Cornée

Amy Winehouse, Time, Pink version, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,823 $3,136

Nacks, Mr Monop'pollie, Painting

Nacks

Mr Monop'pollie, 2020
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,317

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Harmony, Painting

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Harmony, 2012
62 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

$12,169

Alesko, Ghost in town, Painting

Alesko

Ghost in town, 2018
29.6 x 20.9 cm
Painting

$295

Akiza, Loving Fish I, Painting

Akiza

Loving Fish I, 2013
60 x 120 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,509

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