Looks like I’m a few days late on this one, but better late than never.
French street artist Alëxone is this month’s showcase artist at the Carmichael Gallery.
Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present a showcase of new
work by Paris-based artist Alëxone. An opening reception will be held on
Thursday, May 7th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, at which a new series of
acrylic, ink and mixed media works on paper will be on display. The
exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, May 28th 2009 from
Born in 1976, Alëxone lives and works in Paris. With a background in
graffiti, he rose to fame in the early 90s with striking letter-based tags
of the moniker Oedipus on the streets of Paris. He became Alëxone in 2000,
when his artwork took a figurative turn. Since then, his distinctive work
has won him a reputation far beyond France with exhibitions all over Europe,
including Paris, Hamburg, Milan, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Alëxone’s universe is filled with eccentric, playful characters. Masked
penguins, contorted horses, and hairy men with long noses engage and
entertain in wild, colorful scenes, while wordplay and metaphor create a
dynamic dialogue between the work and the viewer.
Alëxone regularly collaborates with other street artists, including members
of the GM and 9e Concept groups. Their exhibition at the Pompidou Centre
last January was the first time street artists have been featured in a
significant French museum.
I’m not too familiar with his work, but he was in Le Tag and I’ve found a couple cool pieces on flickr (after the jump):
More on Alëxone’s website.