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Mutiny in Colour Exhibition: Artist Profile - Blek le Rat

Thursday 27 April 2023

With over 250 pieces of contemporary art displayed across three exhibitions at Moyse’s Hall Museum, National Horse Racing Museum and Haverhill Arts Centre, this summer's Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour exhibition will be one of the biggest contemporary art exhibitions in the UK, this year.

All three exhibitions will host works from Banksy, Blek le Rat, My Dog Sighs, Grayson Perry, Pure Evil, Kaws, the Connor Brothers, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sherlock, Swoon, Ben Eine, Bambi, Hush, Lamont White and many more!

Below, we profile one of the artists, Blek le Rat:

Often referred to as the father of stencil graffiti, Blek le Rat was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in 1951. He started as an 80’s Paris street artist stencilling rats and political figures on walls, choosing rats as they symbolise both city life and marginalised members of society.

In 1991, he was arrested for painting in the street. After this, realising he needed to work much faster to get his art onto walls, he started sticking up pre-stencilled posters. His work has gone on to become more political and has since brought him global fame. Banksy has acknowledged being influenced by Blek le Rat’s work.

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