BLEK LE RAT
The ‘Father of Stencil Graffiti’ – Blek le Rat (born Xavier Prou in 1952 in Paris) was one of the very first graffiti artists in France. He is most well-known for painting stencils and is credited with starting the stencil graffiti movement.
“Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier.”
ABOUT BLEK LE RAT.
Blek le Rat began creating works from 1981, using the Paris streets as his canvas of choice. Blek initially painted stencils of rats on the walls and described the rat as ‘the only free animal in the city’.
Blek is credited with being the inventor of the life-sized stencil and the first to transform stencils from basic lettering into pictorial art.
Today’s graffiti art around the world constantly mirrors the movement Blek began; he is considered the originator of the international stencil art movement, painting in stencils, much as Banksy often does today.
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BLEK LE RAT’S ARTWORK
WOODBURY HOUSE X BLEK LE RAT X EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP.
In 2022, Woodbury House announced the exclusive partnership with the ‘Father Of Stencil Graffiti’ – Blek le Rat; we were invited to Blek’s Studio for an exclusive interview with our Founder, Steven.