Limited Edition Print – Jay One Ramier, FEEL, 2014
Jay One Ramier, is a prominent figure in French hip-hop and early European graffiti art. With his recent major exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in 2022, Ramier's multidisciplinary practice resonates profoundly. A trailblazer in graffiti culture, he co-founded the notorious "Bad Boys Crew" in 1982 and became a rising star in the vibrant Parisian hip-hop scene of the ‘80s. From moonwalking alongside future icons to witnessing Paco Rabanne embrace rappers, b-boys, and poppers, Ramier's artistic journey evolved across mediums and through a dynamic kaleidoscope of artistic influences.
Inspired by graffiti's aesthetic and poetic essence, Ramier's works merge visual artistry with lyrical expressions. Each image is accompanied by a profound sentence, creating an immersive experience. Infused with the spirit of the free and pointed hip-hop era, his pieces emanate minimalism and vibrant hues. Ramier's artistic journey finds resonance in exhibitions at Galerie Lavignes Bastille, Milieu Gallery, DSL, and ABA Gallery. His unique fusion of graffiti, visual poetry, and cultural significance continues to captivate audiences and shape the narrative of urban art.
In crafting this print, Ramier sought spontaneity, shunning extensive preparation and sketches. He aimed to manifest a "voodoo art" driven by instinct and spiritual connection. The image is a captivating portray of French poet Léon-Gontran Damas donning a hat, which emerged as a symbol of the artist's quest for freedom and became the focal point of his creation.
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