Must Know Artist: Thomas Dartigues aka Decktwo
The incredible art of Paris based artist Thomas Dartigues (aka Decktwo) is immensely popular for its sprawling details, enormous scale and awe-inspiring portrayal of urban environments.
A former street artist, Thomas gave up spray cans and mixed his two practices to create large-scale artworks with markers. The minimalism of his practice in black and white gives place to a profusion of elements within his murals and drawings of large dimensions.
He graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de l’Image in Poitiers. Graffiti artist with strong bases in drawing, he has let go spray cans and mixed his two practices to create large-scale artworks with markers. The minimalism of his practice in black and white gives place to a profusion of elements within his murals and drawings of large dimensions.
Thomas's work is meticulous and thoughtful, the closer one gets, the more profound it is. Always in search for dynamics and movement, he likes to shake the notions of scales and frames to create a world in which we can immerge ourselves. For example, his performance at the Grand Palais for a collaboration with famous jeweler Lorenz Bäumer where he payed homage to the Place Vendôme through the prism of Lorenz creations. The meteorite collection of jewels, with graphic lines through the stones coming from outer space, inspired Thomas to represent Lorenz as an alien in the Biennale, striking the glass roof of the Grand Palais like an asteroid. Prestigious guests visited the Biennale and Thomas had the honor to meet Mrs. Brigitte Macron 'First Lady', as well as Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, artistic director of the Biennale and Mathias Ary Jan, president of the Biennale.
In 2006, he was chosen to paint the walls of the entire Arums Gallery, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. Since then his talent has traveled all around the world and he’s performed live paintings, from Tokyo to New York through Geneva. He works with brands like Asics, Cartier, Casio, Ford, Guerlain, L’Oréal, Lancôme, Louis Vuitton, New Balance, Renault, Vilebrequin, etc. His paintings and drawings receive an international growing interest from private collections.
Thomas has several awards to his name. Some of them include: Puvis de Chavannes Prize (2017), Gold Medal, Salon des Beaux Arts, Sections Painting & Drawing (2017) and Winner of Secret Walls x Paris (2015).