"My name is Dran, born in Toulouse in 1979, my father wanted me to work with him in construction, but since my arms are too thin to hold a hammer, I dedicated myself to drawing." Straddling that strange divide between cute and twisted, French artist Dran works across installations, paintings, sculpture and street art. Pictures on Walls said of Dran: "Artists like Dran don't come along very often - someone who combines charm, insight and humour. And who can actually draw. Dran hails from Toulouse, South West France. He was introduced to the world of comic books by his father and inspired by cartoonists such as Herge and the Gallic tradition."
This week's 'On the Streets' focuses on the subtle humour and finer elegance of street art. The pieces that caught our attention, located mostly in NYC and London, are all conceptually fresh, original and have something of a Duchampian aura.
Leading off is this brilliant Jilly Ballistic 'Exit' paste-up somewhere deep in the Brooklyn subway. Well-known for her intelligent, full of humour interventions, the artist continuously put thought-provoking anti-advertisements or into fine-looking collages, not being afraid to speak out; pasting stickers of gas-masked nurses and WWII soldiers. The result is more than satisfying. Image via the artist.
Other notable pieces come from Mobstr in London, Pose and Joei Urato in NYC, Cyrcle in London, Anthony Lister in Melbourne, Nunca in Paris and Borondo back in London.