A lowbrow artist: Berhart

November 19, 2017 by Gregory Herpe

A lowbrow artist: Berhart

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the french artist Berhart (and to buy two splendid prints from him) at the tattoo convention of Perpignan, south of France.
Self-taught artist and a very original man, below you can read his official bio and I invite you to discover his awesome work by checking out his website:


http://berhart.blogspot.fr/p/lowbrow.html


LOWBROW ARTIST OR POP-SYMBOLIST?
At the end of the 80s, when he continued the comics from Pellos "Les pieds nickelés", Berhart "decorates" the streets of Toulouse with stencils, stickers, and graphics
inspired by African art.
Subsequently, he leaves the streets and comics for illustration and artistic direction in publishing and communication.
He had the opportunity, in the mid-90s, to publish the comics magazine "Azimut".
From 2005, at the head of Galerie Berhart, he devoted himself to his art, opening a parenthesis between 2008 and 2012 to lead "Caramba!" Publishing, a particularly
innovative ebooks publisher.
Since 2013, he returned to his art. He has produced large black and white drawings with a dense and complex composition teeming with esoteric, political, mystical and alchemical messages. 
He diverted classical works as well as references and imagery of popular culture, giving them a new meaning and a strong symbolic burden.
In parallel, he creates very colorful paintings inspired by street-culture and comics.

At the forefront of Pop Art and off the path of institutional art, he constructs a work that is rich in meaning, critical and uninhibited, questioning the cultural and social
chaos of the twenty-first century.

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