Jace paints Le M.U.R. criticising the street art market

by Demian Smith on June 8, 2012

Jace - street art in Paris - Gouzou's at Le M.U.R. - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1) (4)French street artist Jace has been given reign over Le M.U.R., the  project revolving around a three by eight metre billboard, set aside by the Marie de Paris for the purpose of promoting urban art.

The artist has been doing graffiti since 1989 and is famous for painting his character, Gouzou, which can be found all around the tropical island, French protectorate, Réunion Island.

Jace’s Gouzou are often placed in absurd, funny situations and you will find them all over the world including in Madagascar, Mauritius, and Bali, and now on Le Mur, at 105 rue Oberkampf, on the corner of rue Saint-Maur in the 11th Arrondissement.

The character was recently copied by a large Chinese brand to promote its products. Luckily, and, perhaps, amazingly, the Chinese courts ruled in favour of Jace, and is now a  jurisprudence case for author’s rights in China.

Jace and his Gouzou can be seen in the streets of Paris if you look carefully. If you are unable to search the streets in search of them, however, you could just go and visit an indoors exhibition of his work which opens this Saturday at Galerie Mathgoth:

Jace, 20 Piges at Galerie Mathgoth

Opening in the presence of the artist on Saturday, June 9th at 6pm.

The show will be open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, 2 – 7pm, until June 21st.

103, rue Saint-Maur – 75011 Paris

Jace - street art in Paris - Gouzou's at Le M.U.R. - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1) (1)

Jace - street art in Paris - Gouzou's at Le M.U.R. - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1) (3)

Jace - street art in Paris - Gouzou's at Le M.U.R. - Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1) (2)

About the Author

Demian Smith starts out painting graffiti in the late ‘90s around Swiss Cottage in London, and ends up writing gossip journalism for the Daily Telegraph. Arrived in Paris in 2012 to establish Underground Paris.

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