3TTMANPsychedelic Explosion

Wax crayons on raw canvas
140 x 140 cm, 2020

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Louis Lambert (Lille, 1978) is a French artist living in Spain since 2001. 3ttman (pronounce “3 têtes man”) is his alter ego with three heads whom he began painting in the streets of Lille in 1999, according to the artist it depicts the profound complexity of human beings and the different views that arise from one same situation. The primitive art and its intuitive force particularly fascinate lambert. Multifaceted, he assimilates in his work popular languages to make clear the innate ability of any form of expression to transcend the mundane and become art. By paying special attention to material experimentation, he has innovated with a myriad of technics using cement, silicone, papier maché, oriental ceramics, and a wide range of different formats ranging from painting, sculptures… to large-scale mural work. To him, creative pleasure is inseparable from the process; he enjoys working and it is directly reflected in his particular style: dynamic, colorful, cheerful and authentic. His interventions have led him to work with renowned institutions such as the Tate Modern (Street walking tour 2008), El País (ARCO 2012), the Spanish embassy (realization of a mosaic wall 30 meters in Hanoi 2010), the MUVIM (Valencian Museum of the Enlightenment and modernity), and participate in top international mural festivals.

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This new series of oil stick and wax crayon drawings comes from one of the artist’s lines of research, the one most closely linked to his mural style. A raw and direct technique that, through the spontaneous gesture, recalls a vision dear to 3TTMAN: the “childish” ability to enjoy the moment. To the artist creative pleasure is inseparable from the process; he enjoys working, and it is directly reflected in his style: dynamic, colorful, cheerful and authentic.

This approach is particularly attributable to the work “Abstract I” in which the flow of the gesture plays a leading role, in an exercise of style with a graffiti vibe, totally relies on the instinct of composition.

At the same time, through what might seem a paradox, the artist, without betraying his peculiar playful aesthetic, takes time to investigate themes that we all are trying to analyze and metabolize.

The artist has introjected the strange time that we are living in, placing questions and reporting feelings and impressions in some of his works that talk about what we can glimpse under the surface of things. His “Shark Submarine” and “Inside the Dragon”, represent the small spaces and the sense of claustrophobia that derives from this isolation, and a metaphor of our current condition: like passengers depending on the captain’s choice in a submarine we can sink or rise.

The ability to play and the one to investigate, instinct and the analytical perception of reality, spontaneity and technique are all elements in apparent contradiction to each other which naturally find their reason to be and coherence in 3TTMAN’s works.