Technique: Mixed media
Dave Baranes is a self-taught French painter influenced by the graffiti and urban art of the 80s. Early on, the appeal of large-scale 2D work led him to create trompe l'oeil murals.
In 2015, he began a series of paintings that depicted striking felines, and the success of this collection was immediate on social media. His animals are sometimes accompanied by short, catchy text that invites the spectator to question their relationship with these fascinating wild beasts.
A big supporter of animal rights, and sensitive to environmental justice and the threats to our biodiversity, Baranes primarily chooses to depict endangered species. They are painted within a sort of urban jungle, that is a bit chaotic and devoid of humans. This anachronism took on a new meaning during confinement since throughout the world, animals have invaded our urban spaces following the lockdown of society: "It is now up to us to change our world. I hope that these works invite us, to reflect on what we wish it to become." It is in this conceptual utopia that we admire the beauty of these subjects.
Since 2018, Baranes' works have combined a clever mixture of the various influences that have dotted his creative journey. Among these, we find traditional trompe l'oeil techniques and “Old School” graffiti styling that he enjoys.