YOUSSEF BOUBEKEUR

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YOUSSEF BOUBEKEUR

The Bic pen has become the tool of choice for Youssef Boubekeur who uses it almost exclusively. The line of the ballpoint pen is at the same time precise… and indelible. It forces the artist to build with, and on his mistakes, he fully integrates this into its creative process. His art is an art of precision and spontaneity, he works his drawings as one sculpts the material.

Using the ballpoint pen is also a pleasure of diversion, idea in the work of Youssef Boubekeur. Create the spectacular from the mundane, to give birth to the “beautiful” by means of a simple instrument of everyday life, known and used by all, that could not displease this lovers of street art, anxious to place art at the heart of everyday life. Youssef Boubekeur draws almost exclusively with the blue “Bic”. Thus, his drawings of soft monochromes, reveal their precision and hyper-realism and all their beauty.

Youssef Boubekeur met the French artist JR, who in 2007 trained him in a street art project in Israel and Palestine, the now famous Face2Face project. Subsequently, the artist regularly participated in JR’s various projects around the world.

The influence of street art to Youssef Boubekeur is a no-brainer. It manifests itself in its attraction for large format works and for its desire for simple art, generous and funny, addressing as many people as possible.

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ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This work is a work on several dualities: man and animal, man and woman. They are appeased animals, together and unites. The idea was to illustrate an osmosis between these two animals which together can generate impulsive savagery.

"I wanted to canonize this idea of ​​savagery and make the visitor feel that we had the two beings at peace (but of course they were also bad to provoke them)" says Boubekeur. "I tried to create a balance between two people and to be able to imagine that an imbalance could have great consequences."

The work on the eyes is essential, almost obsessive. Does the animal express tenderness, doubt, envy? Love? Or is it the man or the woman who sometimes expresses the most perfect savagery?