Dave Baranes grew up in the suburbs of a big city, bathed in Hip-Hop and Street Art culture. As a child, he was already passionate about drawing and it is almost naturally that he turned to Graffiti and decorative painting on urban walls.
Without ever turning away from Street Art, in his studio-gallery, he paints today mainly large format paintings by combining acrylic and aerosol on his canvases, obtaining a concrete trompe-l’oeil striking of relief by the mixture of spray and specific inks.
Collectors in search of color and raw emotion will be seduced by his works.
BARANES PAINTER COLORS THE CITY IN TROMPE L’OEIL
Dave Baranes’ realistic animals seem to emerge from very urban settings, as colorful as they are concrete; their soft curves on a background of sharp angles add an extra relief to the painting, like a double trompe-l’oeil opposing life to the inert. Certainly, importing nature into the city in such a masterly way is less a paradox than a way of pointing out the drifts of our world. Sometimes also the colored urban background appears blurred, the contours of the animal melted in the decor, then the glance of the amateur is fixed on the face of the tiger, of the lion, very clear and which looks at him in the eyes… what do they express with so much energy?
PAINTING AND HUMANISM
The painting of Baranes Painter seems to want through his wild animals to remind us that we, human beings, drunk of our technological successes, forgot our right place and our belonging to the living. Certainly, he always remembers his fellow creatures and does not hesitate to put his art at the service of solidarity. For example, Dave Baranes has been involved for a long time with the Paris Hospitals Foundation – Hôpitaux de France; his frescoes executed in the premises dedicated to sick children are countless, giving him the opportunity to deviate from his usual themes to represent birds, suns or childish heroes who will add color and cheerfulness to the eyes of the little patients.
STREET ART TO THE RESCUE OF THE PLANET
Dave Baranes’ animals, sometimes represented in “rue de l’Avenir” decorations, are generally from endangered species, so acute is the painter’s awareness of environmental issues. Environment and humanism seem to form for him only one and same concern, perfectly illustrated by the painting “species in danger”: on the bottom of concrete and Graffitis dear to the painter, a black panther adopts a protective attitude near a young child, their two glance turned towards the same danger. The whale surrounded by plastic presented at the 2020-2021 Graffiti Prize is titled “I can’t breathe”, taking up George Floyd’s last words.
Dave Baranes regularly participates in the Street Art Urban Painting Around the World (UPAW) performance in Monaco, which culminates in an auction to benefit environmental NGOs. (Prince Albert 2 of Monaco Foundation).
He is now present in many galleries and art festivals, Graphic Art Festival, the exhibition Sneakers Generation or soon at the colors féstival n°2
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