Blek le Rat Street art in Mayfair, London

Painter Nick Garrett

Blek le Rat comes to Mayfair

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 | By Emily Gosling

Stencilled street art is now a common sight on the walls of the metropolis – and many a coffee table is graced with The Big Book of Banksy et-al, and French artist Blek Le Rat is often cited as ‘the father’ of the style.

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A new exhibition opening in London this month will present a series of works by the Parisian born artist, real name Xavier Prou.

Minor Sins, 2010

Minor Sins, 2010

The show’s location – in Mayfair’s luxurious New Bond Street – is perhaps a testament to ‘street’ art’s shift from urban wastelands to the homes of the wealthy, though there’s no doubt that these white-washed gallery walls are a far cry from the Parisian walls that housed the artist’s first guerrilla creations.

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Monsieur Le Rat earned his stripes in the early 1980s. In…

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