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PRO176 | Femme Distortium

$2,300.00

PRO176
"Femme Distortium"
2016
Acrylic, oil, spray paint on canvas
90 x 70 cm

PRO 176


PRO176 was born on July 26th 1976 in Paris and grew up in Choisy-le-Roi, a small town in France’s capital southern suburbs. Born to an account and a stay at home mum, nothing in his family environment predestined him to an artistic carrier. Starting age 5 however, he taught himself how to draw by copying the art of Jack Kirby, the famous American comic illustrator.

These American comic books, that his mother used to buy him were his first reading material and would influence him forever. From then on, he kept on drawing, a bit by boredom too, suburban life not having many activities to offer and trips to exciting Paris, ‘where everything happens’, costing a bit too much. The violence and blocked horizon of these rough neighborhoods weren’t a myth. In 1986, the tragic loss of his father, whom he felt close to, marked his childhood and logically his work later on. One day, as he observed the technics of two graffiti writers, Mode2 and Colt, during the festival ’89 youth for equality’, a young Pro had a revelation and decided to dedicate his life to painting. In 1996, he joins the ranks of the infamous and notorious Grim Team. The following year, rechristened Pro176, he takes part in the foundation of the Ultra Boys International. With Gold Jabe, Sozyone, Kool Func 88, Byz, Shake and Recto, the crew claims a new form of Graffiti, digging its aesthetic in Marvel comic books, futuristic abstract mathematics, alphabetical constructivism and the brutality of refined Picassonic facial cubism. A sort of pure Graffiti ‘Avant-garde’, that ignores all other forms of Graffiti, judged worthless. In 2010, Pro becomes a member of the RTZ (Return to Zero) from Berlin in Germany, another crew of European revolutionaries famous for their futuristic letters. He claims a style inspired by Jack Kirby’s universe, where the eternal philosophical battle of good versus evil takes place amidst universes filled with infinite galaxies and stars, crowded by heroes and super villains. “After all, the universe is as wide as the creatures that must inhabit it”. An early movie enthusiast, huge futuristic machines and spaceships coming straight out of a sci-fi flick often appear in his backgrounds. His letters, designed to the extreme, perfectly interlock with these astro-galactic universes, just as the anatomic lines of his characters blend with the vivid color pallet he uses in his work. Recently, large abstract and colorful figures cut out with black; have started appearing in his compositions, resembling comic book bubbles where an eye, or many, seems to observe you. “The all seeing eye… that can also deceive us” on the hidden meaning of things, their true significance. All is left to the interpretation… In 2009, fed up with painting canvases ‘against his apartment entrance door’, he meets Seen while looking for a studio. The contact instantly feels natural with the “Godfather of Graffiti” and a collaboration with Seen Studios is quickly on the way. It is a symbolic winkto his past, since Seen’s chapter in Spraycan Art had a strong impact on his early years as a writer. 20 years later, both artists are working side by side! With him, he learns how to use a brush and acrylics, giving his works a more polished look, thanks to the use of these new technics.

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PRO176
PRO176於1976出生在巴黎,出身在平凡的家庭,沒有任何預兆顯示他將成為藝術的實踐者。然而在5歲開始,他靠著臨摹美國知名漫畫大師JackKirby的作品自學自畫,直到某天在一場活動中受到Mode2andColt兩位塗鴉作家的創作影響,年輕的他得到啟發並決定將他的人生致力於繪畫創作。
近期,大型抽象和色彩繽紛的人物開始出現在他的作品中,漫畫般水汪汪眼睛裡的有著隱藏的涵義,他們像是在觀察我們,也可能欺騙我們。

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