After his arrival in Montreal in 2011, Lapin participated at the third Beaux Degats that year with Poly Heart and Aude. did an exhibition at the gallery in 2013 with Aude and Monsieur Dupont, an exhibition at both the Fresh Paint gallery in Lyon, France and Montreal in 2014, and is back again this year for his new exhibition at the gallery and participation for the 20th annual Under Pressure festival. His invitation to paint at the gallery from Sterling came simply after he posted a photograph of his mural done in Hochelaga on the Facebook page of the gallery.
This artist has been painting since his very early years. His father being an architect working in a family business, Lapin would draw alongside him for a long time. He continued making art in his later studies in an arts program in France for two years. At sixteen years old he would hang around “Groupe Predateur” in France, doing a lot of graffiti, skateboarding, and generally just pure vandalism. Years later, when he was a freelance graphic designer after studying in digital communication, he started making collages with the nickname Lapin. After one of his girlfriends started calling him that, he found it suited him perfectly because of its minimalistic style, simplicity, and its French language. It fulfilled his willingness to have an identity as an artist.
As for the illustrative part of his work, he was inspired by the Manga comic books he read when he was younger. In his later years, his inspiration cam from French illustration, as well as Francobelge; Tintin, Razor, Balouse, Charlie Hebdo, mostly know for their dirty, minimalistic style with a pretty nice critique of society and having a certain type of signature personality. He doesn’t consider himself a graffiti artist, but he is linked to graffiti because of his entourage, and so has to respect the “protocols” of the community. Today, he has a hard time categorizing his art. He gets a lot of inspiration from postmodernism, mixes classic illustration with pop, with a little bit of humor. You can see that a lot with many of artists like Banksy.
As for the city of Montreal, it definitely did influence him a lot. It influenced his ways of producing in the last five years, it pulled him more towards graffiti because of his involvement in the scene here and influenced his lifestyle in a very general manner.
Don’t forget to check out his work at the Fresh Paint gallery and his new mural for Under Pressure Graffiti Festival!