Blek le Rat

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  • David with Machine Gun Silkscreen Print by Shepard Fairey- OBEY x Blek le Rat

    Shepard Fairey- OBEY David with Machine Gun Silkscreen Print by Shepard Fairey- OBEY x Blek le Rat

    David with Machine Gun Silkscreen Print by Shepard Fairey- OBEY x Blek le Rat Hand-Pulled on Fine Art Paper Limited Edition Pop Street Art Artwork. 2008 Signed by Shepard Fairey & Blek le Rat, Numbered Limited Edition of 100 Artwork Size 18x24 Silkscreen Print In 2008, the art world witnessed a unique collaboration between two titans of street and pop art – Shepard Fairey, renowned for his OBEY campaign, and Blek le Rat, often referred to as the "father of stencil graffiti." Both artists, distinct in their style and impact on the urban art scene, decided to come together for a limited edition release that drew attention from collectors and enthusiasts alike. This exceptional partnership resulted in the creation of the " David with Machine Gun" silkscreen print, an artwork that expertly fuses their individual artistic sensibilities. Hand-pulled on fine art paper, the artwork's exclusivity is highlighted by its limited edition – a mere 100 prints, each meticulously signed and numbered by the artists themselves. The piece measures 18x24 inches, making it a substantial representation of their combined artistry. What makes this collaboration even more intriguing is its connection to Blek le Rat's solo exhibition at Subliminal Projects titled "Art is Not Peace." The print is a visual interpretation of Sybille Prou’s photographs of Blek Le Rat's iconic street art. These photographs served as an inspiration, capturing the raw energy and aesthetic of urban art that both artists have dedicated their careers to championing. The blending of Shepard Fairey's graphic style with the subtlety and nuance of Blek le Rat’s stencil work is a testament to the transformative power of collaborative art. It not only speaks volumes about the evolution of street and pop art but also stands as a significant memento of a pivotal moment in contemporary art history.


Blek le Rat
Blek le Rat, born Xavier Prou in 1951, is a renowned French graffiti artist often considered one of the pioneers of stencil-based street art. His work has had a significant influence on the global street art movement, with artists like Banksy crediting him as a major inspiration. Blek le Rat began his artistic career in the early 1980s in Paris, France, where he was initially inspired by the graffiti he saw on a trip to New York City. He chose the name "Blek le Rat" as a nod to the rats he often used as subjects in his early work and as a reference to an Italian comic book character named "Blek le Roc." His innovative use of stencils allowed him to quickly and efficiently create detailed and striking images on walls, buildings, and other public spaces. This technique enabled street artists to leave their mark with more precision and less risk of being caught by authorities. Throughout his career, Blek le Rat has created a diverse range of works, including political commentary, social critiques, and tributes to famous figures. His artwork has been displayed in galleries and museums worldwide, and he continues to be a prominent and influential figure in the world of street art. Despite his immense influence, Blek le Rat has remained somewhat elusive, rarely granting interviews or making public appearances. This air of mystery has only added to the intrigue surrounding his work and his place in the history of street art.
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