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Blesea and his sprays invade Cherbourg
Blesea is a French street artist that we’ve been following for a while now. I had discovered him via “Cherbourg fait le Mur” on Youtube, by Mogab Productions, where you could see him accompanied by BabyK doing very large scale graffiti on old bunkers. The results are always breathtaking and it’s the duo’s latest creation that brings us here: a gigantic ATAT in homage to Star Wars.
Blesea gave us an interview to help us understand his inspirations and creative process. If you like this article, feel free to discover his fabulous work via his Facebook page!
Geek-Art: Hello Blesea, could you introduce yourself in a few words?
BLESEA: My name is BLESEA, I started graffiti in 1998. During 18 years I did graffiti in a “traditional” way, tagging, lettering on the walls of my city. During 2016, at the beginning of 2017, I made evolve my artistic approach. I apprehend the surface I paint in a different way. I use volume to bring out a precise form, as for example in my work on bunkers. I play with the environment by adapting my characters to the setting. I contextualize my paintings. More recently I have taken place within my paintings by working on stagings which allowed me to be an actor of my works by integrating them directly. The example of my project Dragon Ball and the 19 paintings where I retrace the history of the famous manga by taking the place of the characters, is the most successful project.
GA: What’s your artistic background?
BLESEA: I have no artistic training and have never attended any special schools.
GA: Quelles sont tes influences ?
BLESEA: My influences come straight from the pop-culture world. Indeed the images of Club Dorothée and cartoons of that time as well as the whole gaming universe strongly marked my childhood and adolescence. I have two older brothers, one was graffiti artist at the beginning of the 90s and the other one played video games assiduously. I’m not a gamer but I spent hours watching him play. I was fascinated by these virtual worlds, by their graphics, the colors. I was already drawing a lot and my first pencil strokes were drawing the outlines of the silhouettes of these superheroes. I left this world aside for years, devoting myself fully to “traditional” graffiti. Then after thirty, I had this need to go back to the source. Maybe when I draw a Dragon Ball character, I have the time to sketch again 10 years. It’s my “Proust’s Madelaine” and I need more and more these little trips back in time which allow me, during these flashbacks, to find the carefree spirit of my childhood.
GA: What’s your first pop memory?
Blesea: My first pop memory… it’s complicated because the first approaches with pop cultures are only encounters, it’s with time that we become aware that the object has become popular. Time has to pass. It’s a bit like nostalgia. But images from Jurassic Park, ET, the top 50 credits, Ghostbuster’s soundtrack, Home Alone, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jackson’s Thriller, the first episodes of The Simpsons with the voices of the time, the credits of Kyaputen Tsubasa, Nicky Larson…
GA: Can you tell us a little bit about the creation of ATAT?
Blesea: For ATAT, I got the idea while walking around. I knew this blockhouse well but the angle that day proposed a shape that seemed obvious to me. I proposed to my buddy BabyK, a graphic designer from my region. We had already made bunkers in pairs, including a Darth Vader 3 years ago. The project was big and we were not too many two to tackle the construction site. To fit the robot’s shape as closely as possible, we added wooden structures.
Your favorite cartoon: Dragon Ball Z, I also really like The Simpsons.
Your favorite movie: Heat.
Your favorite video game: Mario Kart and Worms with friends.