Spark is a franco-belgian visual artist born in Boulgne-Billancourt in France in 1969.
His background is unusual as he first started working for an Internet company in Paris before becoming a professional artist at the age of 30. He studied at the Ecole National des Beaux Arts of Paris in the field of drawing.
His work is often described as a fusion between street art and pop art. Benjamin Spark’s visual language freely samples from art history and popular culture, redeploying canonized styles and genres alongside graphics borrowed from youth subcultures and the commercial mainstream.
Spark’s pictorial worlds include quotations from artists like Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Basquiat, as well as song lyrics, brand logos, video games, cartoons, and magazine covers.
He uses the comic book universe, juxtaposing comics stars, superheroes or the Franco-Belgian comic strips, in a composition that leads towards abstraction.
He cites Icelandic post-modernist Erro and german artist Sigmar Polke among his influences, and changed his name in tribute to the designer Philippe Starck.
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