- This article is about the street artist, for the rock band see Ash (band)
He started his artistic career as a graffiti writer in the early 1980s and from 1983 to 1986 he also called himself Saho and Ash2. Ash was part of the Parisian graffiti collective BBC or Badbc with JayOne and Skki; they were pioneers in the European graffiti movement with Bando, Mode2, and Jonone.
In 1989 The French fashion designer Agnès b. invited Ash, Jonone, Jayone, Skki and a few more graffiti writers to take part in the exhibition "Les peintres de la ville" at the Galerie du Jour situated in the neighborhood of Beaubourg in Paris; it was the first time Ash was showing his paintings inside a gallery.
Ash’s newest pieces are aesthetically very different from the graffiti he was painting in the 80ts. His works are totally detached from the traditional graffiti styles of New York. He has developed a personal identity by inspiring himself from his one culture and experiences, still keeping the energy and direct communication with the viewer that graffiti provides. His latest works are often reflections on human nature; it sets the observer to interrogate himself about, for example, current social problems. Ash often uses the themes of contrast between the urban environments and nature and young people's quest for identity in subcultures.
Selection of murals and projects
Look at me, look at you.. Wall painting on the 4 sides of a 25 meters high bunker dating from World War II, commissioned by Bremen kirchentag and Weserburg Museum, Bremen Germany.
Series of wall paintings at the VM Bjerget in Copenhagen, a building designed by Bjarke ingels Group / BIG. Ørestad, Copenhagen new town, Denmark.
Winer of the best housing price at the World Architecture Festival Barcelona 2008
Falling Graffiti writer, commissioned by Århus kunstbygning Museum, Denmark.
Car mountain Palais de Tokyo, Paris France.
Falling Graffiti Writers and trees. 700 m2 wall painting commissioned by the city of Berlin district of Friedrichshain. Project Competition winner.
- Paris art libre dans la ville, Yvan Tessier, Éditions Hersher, 1991, ISBN 978-2-7335-0195-5
- Paris Tonkar, Tarek ben Yakhlef et Sylvain Doriath, Editions Florent Massot et Romain Pillement, 1991, ISBN 978-2-908382-09-9
- Spraycan Art, Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff, Thames and Hudson, 1987, ISBN 0-500-27469-X
- La rue aux artistes, MPG Art, editions Guillaume Garouste Ategalore, 2004, ISBN 2-9523191-0-3
- Mural Art, Kiriakos Losifidis, Publikat, 2008, ISBN 978-3-939566-22-9
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