Who is L’ATLAS?

Following the announcement that JONAS SUN 7 and L’ATLAS will be represented at the Urban Contemporary Art Auction on June 1st in Paris alongside artists such as KEITH HARING, BANKSY and JEFF KOONS – let us introduce you further to our former artists in residence.

L’ATLAS was introduced to the New York market by gallery owner and curator Catherine Ahnell and his solo exhibition SHAPES opened in May 2014.

L’Atlas is represented by Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris, Lelia Mordoch Gallery in Miami and David Bloch Gallery in Marroco. He has exhibited at numerous art spaces around the world such as Centre Pompidou, Fondation Cartier, Grand Palais in Paris and biennials and art fairs in places inlcuding Sharjah, Moscow and Beijing.

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Photo by L’ATLAS

The artistry of L’ATLAS was born in the heart of the post-graffiti movement in Paris at the end of the ’90’s alongside pioneers such as ZEVS and SPACE INVADER. Using the streets as a museum to reflect on what kinds of visuals were allowed in public spaces, the street artists not only continued an intern dialogue between themselves but opened it up to the public.

Works were created that blurred the lines between commercial sanctioned visuals and illicit street art. In this way, L’ATLAS’ approach was functional and instinctive, proposing a link between the urban body and the urban person. One example is the duct tape compasses he conveniently placed on the ground outside metro stations, which later developed into enormous commissions outside Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Toulouse’s Place du Capitole.

It was the challenge of fusing the ancestral and acien with the urban and contemporary, as well as his love for the written word that pushed L’ATLAS to study different types of calligraphy all over the world. His work is the outcome of transposing Arabic Kufi codes into the Latin alphabet, as well as syncretisms with Chinese ideograms and other calligraphies.

It is in the crossover of the conceptual and instinctive where L’ATLAS’ expression is found: a style that has made him one of our time’s most interesting young artists, moving from the instant and public forum of street art into prestigious art galleries and progressive art spaces.

Below a selection of L’ATLAS’ work in paintings and lithographies.

For available L’ATLAS art pieces see Artsy link below:

https://www.artsy.net/show/catherine-ahnell-gallery-over-exposed-solo-exhibition-by-jonas-sun7-bournat

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