“This painting came about during a period when Dem189 and I were taking every opportunity that presented itself to combine my representational art with his highly organic lettering. Here, the idea was for the letters to emerge from the kid’s head as though they were actually a part of him, or maybe a projection of his imagination. I like it when the expressions on faces aren’t immediately apparent, because that allows people to project themselves into the work and imagine what happens next. Here, the boy is crouching and could well be about to stand up … maybe to go do some painting. I only had two hours for creating this piece, following which I spent the rest of the afternoon strolling around the building, which truly is sublime.”
The artist biography:
Seth started working in graffiti in the mid-90s, making a name for himself in the Parisian movement by specialising in depicting characters. In 2003 he began travelling with a view to comparing notes with other street artists from different cultures. Whether collaborating with urban artists or learning traditional techniques from craftsmen, his approach is geared towards stimulating artistic debate. Seth combines the roles of presenter, creator and documentary-maker in the Canal+ series Les nouveaux explorateurs (“The New Explorers”). He has also published a book, Extramuros, telling the story of his travels in recent years.