The death of macho
Stencil - Spray paint on canvas
76 3/4 x 51 1/4 in.
The death of macho, Paris: Art Works by the god father of stencil art are now showing in Melbourne for a strictly limited season.
Many of the pieces display Blek's fascination with and commitment to social justice a trend which continues to influence stencil artists Blek's, desire to bring so-called high art to the people, such as the work 'The Death of Macho'’
The pioneer of stencil art, French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat (born Xavier Prou) first began spray-painting his trademarked images of rats - "because rats are the only wild living animals in cities and only rats will survive when the human race will have disappeared and died out" - on the streets of Paris in 1981, aged 28. Today he is one of the leading influences on contemporary street art.
With Melbourne widely recognized as the stencil art capital of Australia, it is only fitting that the first Australian exhibition of Blek's art works Featuring over 30 art works, including iconic stencil images, screen prints and photographs, the exhibition traces the Parisian artist's career from the early 1980s through to the present day. Both thought-provoking and beautiful, Blek Le Rat's work encourages us to view the world through fresh eyes.