Etienne Lelong, better known as EPSYLON POINT was born in Tours in 1950. Emblematic figure of the French urban art and pioneer of the stencil in color, he begins his career by training in the Fine Arts of Dijon. Then he knew from the 1980s a dazzling rise. In 1990, Epsylon leaves France for Turin. There he gave stencil courses to young artists to become. But when he returned to France, he was disillusioned. Many of his colleagues are on trial. Indeed, the law is since his departure greatly hardened towards urban artists. Epsylon then made the choice to abandon the walls in favor of the canvases of his Parisian studio.
“He has bomb juice in his veins” – Jef Aerosol.
Armed with his bombs and his stencils, with a sparkling eye and a sarcastic gaze, EPSYLON likes to create works that reflect his image; as striking as they are colorful. His production is inseparable from his identity. His art and his creativity, of his way of “living differently”. This life is that of the urban space, which Epsylon invests passionately. Facades and subway stations are part of his favorite places. As the years went by and the penal constraints accumulated, his studio became a space of expression.
Anarist in the soul
At the foundation of his art, the rebellion. For him, writing on the walls is an act of commitment. “Even if it is aesthetic, it is necessarily political because visible by all and imposed on everyone whatever his taste. “. The flame that inhabits Epsylon is undoubtedly that of provocation. Eager to challenge his viewer, he aspires to incite a reflection, then to provoke a reaction.
“Faced with the large murals of today, no one protests because they are often pretty frescoes of animals. Everyone accepts them, except maybe when they are the giant rats of ROA: but as I tell my buddies, I don’t draw cats! “
But the message is nothing without the form. And Epsylon doesn’t lack ideas to illustrate his point. He works with torn posters, paints and spray cans. The background is abstract and colorful. It contrasts with a black stencil, most often figurative or literary. Plebeian, his art is that of the Human. Dealing with conflicts and minorities, his creations address both the tragedies of inequality and the pleasures of everyday life. From the perversity of capitalist systems, to the exacerbated sexuality of our society, the subjects Epsylon addresses are undoubtedly current issues. His images underlie a poignant socialist realism. Futuristic and Japanese inspirations are also mixed in this abundant pictorial universe. Whether his claims are on a wall or on canvas, his approach remains the same. Figure of the politically incorrect, Epsylon makes fun of conventions, modesty and good morals, of what we are able to accept or not.
Discover his most illustrious achievements at the Marciano Contemporary galleries.