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FKDL, pseudonyme de Franck Duval, né à Paris en 1963, est un peintre et collagiste français. Spécialiste de l’art scotch et du collage papier, il rejoint le monde du street art en 2006. Il vit et travaille à Paris1. Franck Duval étudie le dessin de mode au Studio Berçot, puis se forme aux arts du cirque à l’école Annie Fratellini. Ces deux années décisives marqueront son travail d’artiste, qui fait la part belle à la couleur, aux vêtements et aux corps en mouvement2.

FKDL – Paris street artist from FeedzeCat ThetMotou on Vimeo.

Au milieu des années 1980, il se tourne vers la peinture et créé des personnages à l’acrylique et à l’encre. Il commence à exposer dès 1992 dans des lieux alternatifs (l’ancien musée des automates, Le Moloko, Paris Centre, Le Central, le Pigalls, La Liberté, Le Cœur Fou). Au début des années 2000, l’artiste découvre la technique de l’art scotch, créé par Gil Joseph Wolman en 19633. À l’aide d’une bande de ruban adhésif, il décolle la matière des journaux et magazines et la recolle pour en faire des œuvres originales. Il prend alors le pseudonyme de « FKDL »2. Ce travail sera présenté en 2005 dans le cadre d’une rétrospective à la Halle Saint-Pierre à Paris. Sous le pseudonyme de FKDL, il participe en 2006 à l’événement « Aux arts citoyens » au espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux à Paris. Il y découvre le monde de l’art urbain.

Il crée une série de silhouettes noires en papier et descend les coller dans la rue. « Sans être issu du graff, du tag ou du pochoir, j’ai voulu me confronter à la rue, à ses contraintes et à ses rencontres. J’ai rapidement pris goût au collage de mes personnages sur les murs des villes. Maintenant, je ne peux plus m’en passer.»

Il ajoute ensuite des fonds de couleurs en papier et habille ses personnages à l’aide d’images tirées de magazines de mode, d’art de vivre ou de cinéma des années 1920 à 1970. « Je n’ai pas de message particulier à délivrer : seulement égayer la ville et la vie, avec juste une pointe de dérision et de couleurs pour tous, et particulièrement pour ceux qui ne voient plus rien, en marchant dans la rue2. » Son travail éphémère a pu être aperçu dans les rues de Paris, Berlin, Londres, Bruxelles, New-York, Barcelone, Turin, comme en Guyane et en Guadeloupe. Il est également régulièrement présenté dans différentes galeries.

Andrea Michaelsson is a multi-faceted artist better known by her street artist name, Btoy. She was born in 1977 in Barcelona, Spain. She studied law for four years before realizing it was not the career she wanted, and began to study photography. Her artistic education primarily was achieved during a three year period at the Institute of the Photographic Studies of Barcelona. She is best known for creating extremely fine, detailed stencils.

Street Art – Andrea Michaelsson BTOY from Cristina Flores on Vimeo.

Btoy primarily began focusing on street art around 2002, when her mother passed away. She was around 26 years old. Btoy found that painting helped offer an escape route from her stress, mostly because it completely distracted her mind. The photographs she worked on during her time at the Institute were a basis for her painting.Photography helped Btoy identify whom she was portraying. The photographs of Cartier-Bresson and their composition influenced her greatly. She also sought influence in Hollywood actresses like Clara Bow and Louise Brooks, and their silent films. These women were the first liberated women and flappers.

Soon after, Btoy began to use Photoshop to incorporate and combine photography with painting. This helped her identify light and shadows more easily and it also created a point of reference for her stencil-making techniques. By then, she began to realize her love of working and improvising with a variety of art mediums. These improvisational experiments were a combination of working with free plastic techniques, spray paint, acrylic paint, and other mediums. This variation of techniques led Btoy to create sensational stencil pieces.

BTOY “Beautiful transgressions” / SC gallery from SC Gallery + Art Management on Vimeo.

Her street art stencils often portray the importance of women, and sometimes incorporate famous portraits. Most of these women are female icons from the 1950’s, often depicted through powerful brush strokes combined with very acute stencil lines.Btoy began to paint in the streets as opposed to any art studios. She had friends on the streets and these friends helped collaborate paintings of different styles together with her. Barcelona was a hotspot for artists, and street artists from Sweden, France, England, and many other cities soon followed. Step by step, Btoy developed her style.

Btoy presents beautiful art from iconic images. She first worked in collaboration with artist Ilya Mayer and is currently working on her own. This includes creating posters, murals, prints, and canvases.Btoy prefers to place street art and posters in old places. These places may include rust on a door and old textured walls. Since her debut, Btoy has grown and evolved within her career as a street artist.

She has opened several exhibitions and many other activities. She has even been working in art festivals and assisted by preparing murals and installations. The passage of time is fundamental to the artist’s work in Barcelona.Andrea Michaelsson’s work is exhibited in galleries around the world. It can be seen in cities such as Los Angeles, London, Mexico, Barcelona, and Brussels.

LosOtros Mj Tom is Writer, Curator and Urban Artist. For more on his work please check here and here.

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