‘The 100’ #34 – Vincent Pompetti aka Tarek / France

Many thanks to: http://destructivetesting.wordpress.com for discovering this artist. Vincent Pompetti aka Tarek, fits so well into my ‘The 100’ series as # 34.

Destructive Testing

To call Tarek’s illustrated books ‘comic books’ is like calling ‘Maus’ a comic book.  They are that, but so much more.  I see Tarek as a sort of Renaissance street artist.

“Graduate of the Sorbonne (University Paris I) in medieval history and art history, Tarek released Paris Tonkar in 1991 at the age of 19 years: the first art book published in Europe dedicated to Spraycan art in Paris. It has become a reference book for all amateurs of urban art and specialists of Hip-hop.”

“He has won many awards including the Saint-Michel for Best Screenplay in 2007 for Sir Arthur Benton. That same year, his work on this series has been exhibited at the Caen’s Memorial for four months: it was the first time a comic was well highlighted in a place for history and memory. His comics for young people are regularly used in schools since 2004.”

“_street art project  male and female characters that I painted and then placed in the street in broad daylight.  My collages are sometimes placed in the street by artists with whom I…

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2 thoughts on “‘The 100’ #34 – Vincent Pompetti aka Tarek / France

  1. Destructive Testing taps into a dimension of my soul that I was not aware of before. I don’t know why I like it – I just do. I’ve recently been aware of my appreciation for high quality mural and graffitti art. I feel torn between my appreciation of graffistas and their anarchic attitude toward convention in general and toward the property of others in particular. Perhaps it is taggers that I despise – those juvenile paint-can gangsters who seem to defecate on people’s private property. I’ll have to think this through more clearly. I’m still in process.


    1. I think we have discussed this issue before – D. Testing, of course, presents many approaches to art – I chose to re-blog this one because it fits into my Text in Art bias. I admire your open mind in revisiting your preferences – this way we grow in understanding of every aspect of the world of art – beyond likes and dislikes…


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