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John Andrew PERELLO (born 1963) aka JONONE Selected Images, 2019 Mixed media on paper Signed lower right and dated lower left 76.5 x 49 cm Framed A certificate of authenticity from Galerie 125 will be given to the buyer. Condition report available on request: BIBLIOGRAPHY JonOne, Poetry in motion, 2019, work reproduced on page 85 BIOGRAPHY At the age of 17, JonOne, a self-taught American artist of Dominican origin, took up graffiti. Starting out on canvas in 1985, he used the language of street art to defend causes close to his heart, notably social and racial justice and climate change. Responding to an invitation from producer Philippe Lehmann, he moved to Paris in 1987, having been fascinated by the travelogues of his friend A-One, a close friend of Jean Michel Basquiat. He fell in love with the capital, where he still lives today. Training in the studio of the Hôpital éphémère de Bretonneau in the 18th arrondissement in the 1990s, he now collaborates with a number of successful brands. NOTICE In 1984, he founded the 156 All Starz graffiti collective, which meets at night to paint on trains. His early work uses graffiti and tags, but gradually evolves into a more abstract style with characteristic drips. His projections of vivid paint are unmistakably reminiscent of Jackson Pollock's painting style and Willem De Kooning's chromatic palette. Commenting on the repetitive patterns and bright colors used in our work, he says: "I started out graffitiing myself and loved it: especially seeing the spray paint run... Color makes me happy. I didn't know where I was going yet, but the only thing I wanted to do was leave a trace. My trace. The older I get - probably because of the fear of death - the more important it is to me! That's why I use my name, JonOne, as a motif on repeat."