French street artists Ella & Pitr have the most romantic story! She used to be a comedian, he a graffiti writer. They met each other in the streets of St. Etienne (France) while doing paste-ups. Now isn’t that just lovely coincidence? Their street art works consistst out of paste-ups that are subtile, yet hold a whole lot of emotion and humanity.
With Indian ink, paper, glue and a ladder Ella and Pitr create their own contemporary vision of humanity. In their work you can discover ordinary people (the old, the tired, the sad) who face the darkness of the world.
“We look for old and beautiful walls or places with an interesting history to paste our characters, animals or other drawings to create a story. Sometimes this works well, sometimes it’s cleaned very fast.
It’s also subtle street art. We like to be discrete. Sometimes people tell us that they have noticed our drawings two weeks or a month after we’ve pasted it. They didn’t see it before because it’s the same colour that the wall has.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/
Ella and Pitr love to share their artistic universe with all the pedestrians passing by, letting them play and interact with their artwork. They have been leaving frames / backgrounds all over Europe, inviting people to create their own world with it.
“We do big paste-ups of frames and ask people to tape a picture in front of it and then send it to us. We’re really happy as we received loads of pictures, we didn’t thought that this project would work so well! Since we started pasting in the streets we have always been thinking about how to create an interaction with the spectators and passers-by. The frames were the best way to create interactive street art!”
The approach of Ella and Pitr is not like the normal street approach. They are represented by Parisian gallery Le Feuvre which is well known for its famous artists like Space Invaders, Jonone and Alexone. If you’d like to know some more about this great duo, check out their links on the right hand side, or have a look at this great interview with Ella and Pitr at Urbankulturblog.