Gully French, b. 1977

Overview

Gully's concept is taken from a movement called “appropriation”. It is conceptual art from the 70s and 80s, with artists like Richard Pettibone or Mike Bidlo. Basically, Gully takes the icons of art, and in particular those he considers to be masters, and he paint them by bringing them together in his paintings. Sometimes, he add pinches of the universe that was his, graffiti and its artists. Gully have already brought together artists like Rockwell, Basquiat, Hooper, Warhol, Koons, Klein, Haring, Prince, Banksy, Os Gemeos, and he continues to move forward and get inspired by new artists… It is in a way a tribute that he allow himself to pay them.

Biography

Gully is a French artist that started out in graffiti, where a lot of his street art influences seen in his pieces come from. Gully’s entire artistic concept is based on the technique of “appropriation”. He practiced graffiti intensively from 1992 to the mid 2000s and then decided to change his pseudonym to spend his life as a graffiti artist to that of a studio artist in order to remain anonymous.Gully’s work can be divided into several categories: mixed techniques on canvas, a mixture of oil and acrylic paints, markers and aerosols, and works on paper, often acrylic-based. His primary inspiration comes from his discovery, a few years ago, of the ‘Appropriation Movement’. Today he tells, in sumptuous architectural settings, stories of children who are amazed by art and more particularly by the Masters’ paintings, in little stories that could be seen as comics, without dialogue, allowing the viewer to imagine what the children are saying to each other.

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