The ephemeral nature of street art
"The ephemeral nature of street art doesn’t detract from its power, it perfectly succeeds in entering into dialogue with its audience by surprise."

In Belgium as everywhere, some call it urban art, a more global term, others prefer the term graffiti. However, the name that finally has established itself globally is “street art”.

Graffs, advertisements, stencils, stickers, vegetable bombs, posters, installations, knitting street art is installed in multiple forms on walls, sidewalks or street furniture. Using the immediate effect, the street artist conveys his message to the population, inviting the people to question themselves or to rebel against the established system.

The attractiveness of street art in Belgium
Authorities in Belgium - who still lead to the destruction of walls - began to understand that the colorful and dynamic characteristics of street art do not only appeal to a young audience. Indeed, providing spaces where street artists can express themselves contributes to the beautification of neighborhoods while preserving a long neglected Belgian heritage.

We began to use the attractiveness of certain artists to promote the cities, attract tourists, outclass a group of buildings, and finally, insert this rebellious movement into mass culture. Today street art is recognized as an art in Belgium.

To know better Belgian street art, discovery walks are organized in most of the big cities in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.

In Brussels, urban art has found its temple in the ex-Delhaize Molière d ´Ixelles called Strokar Inside. Graffiti artists like T-Kid (US), Cope 2 (US), Andrea (IT) and Belgian Jean-Luc Moerman painted walls there.

Street art in France
In France, street art appeared in the early 70’s, but only flourished in the 80s, with artists like Blek le rat and Jérôme Mesnager. New dynamics appear, and in particular a perpetuation of works.

More and more artists want to paint more quietly. They combine working on urban walls and studio work in the largest contemporary art galleries. The street therefore becomes a springboard for gaining recognition. The most popular street artists on the art market often continue their practice in the street in a legal manner, in authorized spaces. The biggest names in current street art therefore use this medium: JonOne, Shepard Fairey, Blek le Rat, Jef Aérosol, Banksy and even Miss Tic or C215.

Fontaineblow !

Fontaineblow! is an art gallery founded by Sabine Petit, a Belgian multilingual street art lover. You will find in this gallery a large selection of contemporary paintings by French street artists recognized as emerging. Discover the works of the famous artist like C215 and also the striking portraits of Andrew Wallas, the pop-art of Onizbar, the delicate art of Carole B., the impressions of OneAck. You will also find many more personalities and styles through the anamorphoses of Scaf, the eye portraits of the Parisian artist V., Marie The Bird's “mousse-graffiti”, the animal compositions of Abys but also the colorful and geometric works of Valer.

Through her exhibitions in unusual places, Sabine is looking for values such as passion, non-conformism, professionalism, and commitment.

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