About

L'Atlas is a French artist born in 1978. He began doing graffiti in the early 1990s. Fascinated by the history of handwriting, he has studied calligraphy in several countries and designed his own typography. He frequently works in public spaces and has become a major figure of the Street Art movement. He has also developed a pictural universe, where he leads the written word towards calligraphic abstraction. He lives and works in Paris.
Jules Dedet Granel better known as L’Atlas was born in 1978 near Toulouse, but he grew up in Paris where he started street writing and tagging in 1991. Inspired by emerging subcultures like hip hop and rap. Hestudied History of Art and Archeology in Toulouse where he met Smail Bour Quaiba, a traditional calligraphist, on whose invitation he spent three months in Morocco learning classical calligraphy. Then he went to Egypt, where he had come to know Munir al Shaarani an Syrian artist known for his modern approach of calligraphic works in which he combines both calligraphy, design and architecture. al Shaarani and L’atlas’ travels to Syria, Morocco and Egypt are the reason for his Arabic touch.
His works remind us of an intersection between geometric abstraction and minimalism where every letter is a form, and every form is a letter. L’Atlas’ work is all about lines and forms. The main theme of his paintings, graffiti, and installations is the displacement of the people around the world. Although moving from street based projects to different mediums like canvas, video, spray paint, sticky tape, he still makes treet pieces and murals from time to time. L’atlas’ work is in a way very conceptual and challenges people’s preconceptions about the world, his art strives to create a mindset in which border and limits do not exist and ideas, people and art are free flowing energies.
L’Atlas’ art can be seen in numerous streets, galleries, and exhibitions in various cities around the world like Miami, Rome, Paris, Jakarta, Marrakech, and Moscow. In 2015 he participated in a project called Extraordinaire that is the biggest project in his career so far. It consists of four different monumental installations, as a part of a global interactive performance, in four cities, New York, Mexico City, Seoul, and Paris. The idea behind the project was to use the four elements, Earth, Air, Water, and Fire as media, each carrying a certain message in different cities all over the world.

Exhibition

l'Atlas:
“Overgrown”, Galerie Martine Ehmer, Bruxelles
“Squares”, Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Lille 2015
“Phosphenes”, Lelia Mordoch Gallery, Miami
2014
“Transversal”, Wunderkammern, Rome “Shapes”, Galerie Catherine Ahnell, New York
2013
“Extractions”, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris “Sfumato”, Galerie Martine Ehmer, Bruxelles “Géodésie”, Percept Gallery, Lyon “Structures, Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Lille
2012
“Persistence”, Galerie Lebenson, Paris “Inks”, galerie Lorenzetti, Lyon
2011
“Morphologie”, Galerie David Bloch, Marrakech “Punitions”, Skalitzers Contemporary, Berlin
2010
“L'ATLAS IS HERE”, Mois de la Photo Off, Galerie G, Paris
2009
“City fragments”, Gallery Nine5, New York “The way of art”, ESA, Paris
2008
“D'un monde l'autre”, Galerie Il trifolio Nero, Gênes “Cosmic Graffiti”, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris|
2007.
“I WAS HERE”, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris
Group exhibitions “French Connections”,Speerstra Gallery, Bursins
2016
2016

“France In”, Yoojin gallery, Busan
“Highlight”,Galerie Zimmerling & Jungfleish, Saarbrücken (upcoming) “Inedit”, Galerie David Pluskwa, Marseille
“Les lumières de la ville”, galerie Lelia Murdoch, Paris
“French Connections”,Galerie LJ Beaubourg and Speerstra Gallery, Paris
2015
“Oxymores”, Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Paris “50 ans d'art urbain à Paris”, Galerie du crédit municipal, Paris
2014
“L'Atlas & Morran Ben Lahcen”, Fondation Ona, Villa des arts de Casablanca, Casablanca
2013
“Paralells”, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles “Urban Renewal”, Martine Ehmer, Bruxelles “Cycles”, Art Factory, Saint-Denis (La Réunion)
2012
“Lumières et géométries”, Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Paris “Au delà du Street Art”, Musée de la Poste, Paris “Printemps de Septembre”, Toulouse
“White wall”, Beirut Art Center, Beyrouth
“Vasarely vous a à l'œil”, Musée en Herbe, Paris
2011
“Gradations”, Galerie Lebenson, Paris
“L'Atlas vs Tanc”, Alliance française de New Delhi
2010
“Strates”, Maison des Arts, Créteil
2009
“Etats des lieux”, Galerie du jour, Paris
“Né dans la rue - Graffiti”,Fondation Cartier, Paris “Collection Gallizia”, Grand Palais - Paris
2007
“Graphology, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2006
“Synapses,” Musée du Montparnasse, Paris
2004
“L'invention du monde”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

2001
“Street Art”, Galerie du Jour, Paris
Performances
2012
“L'histoire est à moi!”, Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse
2011
Performance avec la ville de Paris sur la place du Palais royal, en partenariat avec le Musée en Herbe et la galerie Lebenson
2010
“Surfaces actives”, Alliance Française et Cultures France. New Delhi
2009
“Surfaces actives”,Art Beijing. Pékin
2008
“Ne perds pas le nord”, Fi'Art / Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris