Game of infinite variations, flush with and moving away from optical art and the different movements of abstract and geometric art.
The French artist, Jules Dedet Granel, aka L’Atlas, born in 1978, began his research in the art of writing and thus initiated his work in the fine and pictorial arts. He studied calligraphy in different countries and cultures ultimately creating his own original fonts. He was particularly interested in the idea of creating a universal pictorial language, a balance between form and letter, act and intent. A game with endless variations, drawing near and diverging from optical art and the abstract geometric art movements. In the 90s he took radical action in the public sphere, making a name for himself in the field of graffiti. In the year 2000 he began to develope studio work and then exhibited his works in contemporary urban art galleries. A major figure and internationally renowned street artist, he is known for his painted facades and for his monumental performances carried out directly on the ground on historical sites in cities. This includes the immense compass commissioned by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2008, or at the Place du Capitole in 2012, in partnership with the city of Toulouse. These performances are captured frame by frame by the artist in video recordings. He has also collaborated with brands such as Perrier whose mythical bottles he adorned with “Poptic’art”, a movement mixing optical and pop art that he is considered to have coined; and Agnès b, adding his touch to the clothes of the designer, one of his most loyal collectors. Today he is an artist whose rigorous work justifies the success he has met with collectors, the public and institutions.