French-American artist, Sowat grew up between the South of France and L.A. He now lives and works in Paris.
His artistic journey began at the end of the 90s along the railways of Marseille. He was then a graffiti writer. Adolescent, he spent his summers in California. There, he discovered the “chollo writing” – a calligraphy used by American gangs – through the work of an expert in this subject, Chaz Bojorquez.
From then on, Sowat did his outmost to take over this style and make it his until he developed his proper language.
On canvas or paper, Sowat is always looking for new calligraphy styles, with a bamboo stick or a spray can… Sometimes understandable, sometimes abstract, painted with energy or carefully applied, the lines Sowat is tracing on the canvas are as many link-up between the pure tag style – the writing – and the traditional calligraphy, between the raw universe of the abandoned buildings and the classical painting, between the graffiti energy and rapidity – often necessary to in the in situ interventions – and the calm and patience required by a studio work.
Continue reading for more preview images from “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” and if you stop by Geneva, the show will be running from April 23rd to June 6th @ Rue Adhémar-Fabri 8, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland.
Images by Nicolas Gzeley