Kean offers an art that has its roots in graffiti, a universe of absolute artistic freedom where he was able to develop his mastery of colours, contrasts and the opposition between gradation and flatness, and where he explored the parallel between dream and reality that characterizes his work today. "My work is intrinsically linked to my passion for photography. These are all the trips and the landscapes of nature that inspire me and stimulate my artistic sensitivity."
A sunset, at the horizon line over the ocean, the ice of an iceberg is a source of emotion and reflection for me. These natural elements can be synonymous with great power but also of dreams, of the imagination. "Kean's works are the result of a subtle work between a mixture of textures, shades of colour and shapes that escape. At first sight abstract, they tell a whole story, and have a frank and direct impact for those who know how to see them.
"What I'm trying to do to transmit through my paintings, these are very personal emotions. I am often told that, that they radiate a form of serenity, that they seem soothing. I wish that everyone could to appropriate them, to be moved and to read their own history. "In a world where everything seems to be". At hand, fast and easy to access, Kean presents himself as a sensitive and direct artist. He seeks to make people want to slow down, to take the time to feel an energy
intense but softer, a subtle balance between dream and reality, as if the work were the link between a poetic and powerful nature and our own emotions.
Lausanne Art Fair
Contemporary Art Fair - Paris
Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…
A. Kean 30 years old. I picked up my first spray-paint can more than 10 years ago. Since then I has been practicing on the walls of my home town. Fueled by several travels abroad and by my love for photography, my inspiration evolved, to create my own creative universe : « post-Graffiti » combining destructured shapes, sweet strength and geometrical abstraction.
Q. Describe your work in three words…
A. Soothing, balanced, subtle.
Q. When do you make your best work?
A. After a trip to the sea or the mountains
Q. What influences do traditional cultures have on your work?
A. I am very inspired by my travels, to see the different landscapes, the different lights and colors. Thanks to photography, I open myself to other horizons. Visits to contemporary art museums also give me incredible energy. Fashion also helps me because it sees a lot of combinations of colors and shapes.
Q. Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
A. All depend my mood. If sound: Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Mounika or maybe Jazz music..
Q. Artist whose career you covet?
A. Pierre Soulages for contemporary art and Madc for Graffiti
Q. Is art making therapeutic for you?
A. In some way, we can say that, it is important for me to transcribe the emotions that I feel.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. When I make the most perfect gradient haha.
Q. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
A. Painting some big wall, have a exhibition in a museum of contemporary art and still have so much fun
Q. If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
A. Scandinavia or Japan
Q. If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
A. Pierre Soulages
Q. What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?
A. I wish to feel the necessity of slowing down, of taking the time to appreciate a powerful but softer energy, a delicate balance between dream and reality, as if the artwork would be a link from our personal emotions to a string and poetic nature.
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