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Stephen Powers

Born 1968 in Philadelphia (USA),
lives and works in Brooklyn (USA)

Stephen Powers’ huge paintings make the façades of the Fagor Factory talk. ESPO was the pseudonym under which the artist established himself on the graffiti scene in the early ‘80s. He then reverted to his own name to make sign paintings in public space: his graphic words are charged with poetry and shorn of their commercial intent. The artist lacerates urban scenery by deploying anonymous love letters that hold a poetic, political dialogue with the contexts he works in, always engaging with the invisible communities who live there.

Stephen Powers, Open Door, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 [of the artist, the 2019 Lyon Biennale]. © Adagp, Paris, 2019. Photo : Blaise Adilon