Jone Hopper, from the streets to the gallery


Born in 1977, Jone Hopper is a French street artist. In the late 1980s, he learned the ropes in the streets through the emerging movement at that time: graffiti. He tagged his name in the streets, on walls, and on trains. Known for his spray-painted characters and tags, he created the TBS collective (The Brutal Style) with Skepa and other committed graffiti artists. We do not know that much about this artist as he remains faithful to the graffiti spirit and wishes to remain anonymous, believing that it is the work that should be promoted, not the person. Absent from social media, never attending exhibition openings, he is an artist without a face, remaining a true enigma, except to a few gallery owners in the know. He compares his painting to a Hip Hop tune, he acts like a sampler... sampling, cutting, assembling, thereby creating new images.


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