Blue Velvet (Light Edition)


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  • Edition size: 20
  • 78 cm x 98 cm (30.71 in. x 38.58 in.)
  • Paper BFK Rives 300 g.
    Lithograph 2 colors printed with Marinoni press lithographic and hand cut.
    Signed and numbered by the artist.


I am delighted with the result of the lithographs. I consider that working at IDEM is a real privilege, it’s a mythical place full of history. Masters came to work here, Picasso came to work here, for example, David Lynch also comes here regularly. In fact, being able to work here is really a chance. I must say that I’m astonished by the result of the lithograph, I didn’t think it would be possible to reproduce perfectly some chemical effects that I had in my original artwork. To be honest I am more than happy with the result.

The artwork "Blue Velvet" highlights the work that I develop in the studio alone. I chose to develop a very calligraphic work specialized around tools, ink and the meeting between traditional tools and contemporary graffiti tools. What I chose to lithograph is one of the last painting I created. This is the repetition of my name on a canvas with a graphic structure : there are 3 lines that stand out. From this base I do chemical operations, I rely a lot on the mechanic of fluids to create something I control, and, at the same time, escapes to me. What interests me is the result of these two dynamics. I gave you a piece called "Blue Velvet" which is a reference to David Lynch's famous movie "Blue Velvet", which dates back to 1986 and marked my adolescence. It’s funny that we printed this lithograph « Blue Velvet » where David Lynch is coming to work when he is in Paris. It’s an happy coincidence.


Sowat made his first paintings on railways, highways and wasteland of Marseille. As a DMV member, he develops a work inspired by Cholo calligraphy - Chaz Bojorquez graffiti, Latino art gangs used to delimitate their territories in Los Angeles. His first meeting with Lek in 2009 marked the beginning of their “Mausolée” project, a disused supermarket in Aubervilliers they invested with forty graffiti artists.

In this wild artistic residency, Sowat confirms his taste for the visual and staging, signing the realization of the “Mausolée” movie. At the Palais de Tokyo, the duo performed secretly traces “Direct”, a movie about the rise and destruction in graffiti, inviting twenty artists coming secretly drawing on a blackboard of the institution.

He also worked on a project with Lek in 2016 at Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome when it celebrated its 350th anniversary. They created an amazing video mapping with light projections on the villa.

Sowat is represented by the gallery Le Feuvre & Roze since 2014.