JONONE (1963)

John Andrew PERELLO - JON156
Other possible identifications: after, attributed

JonOne has lived in Paris since 1987 but was born in New York in 1963: John Andrew Perello, aka JonOne, started doing graffiti in New York in the 1980s alongside Bando, Boxer and the BBC Crew.

After settling in France, he made a name for himself in the Parisian art community by exhibiting at Agnès b., Magda Danysz, Marcel Strouk, Willem Speerstra and David Pluskwa. His career quickly acquired an international dimension with exhibitions in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong. Initially focused on lettering, his canvas paintings evolved towards a dense and energetic form of abstraction. JonOne defines himself as an “Abstract Expressionist Graffiti painter”, making the link between the world of Street Art and that of a Jackson Pollock. This fusion of styles earned him an auction result of over $30,000 in June 2007, followed by another above $100,000 in 2018, with works produced at the “Ephemeral Hospital” in Paris.


Urban art in the spotlight The 3rd edition of the Paris Urban Art Fair runs from 12 to 15 April 2018 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris. Dozens of French and international galleries will gather around the theme “Why live in town?”. Each will highlight one or two artists from the Urban Art movement […]

Now that BANKSY has become a social and art market phenomenon, a lot of art buyers have become convinced that Street Art is a new manna, and certain auction houses have positioned themselves to exploit this conviction. In France, we have Leclerc in Marseille and Artcurial in Paris. The latter – which has specialised in this field since 2007 – is organising a sale dedicated to Urban Art on 5 February 2014.

Born on the streets of New York in the 1960s and incarnating rebelliousness and non-conformity, tags, graffiti and stencils have found their way into galleries, auction rooms and collections. Today, street art is clearly fashionable having earned its stars in numerous exhibitions at venerable institutions like the Tate Modern in London (Street art, 23 May – 25 August 2008) and the Grand Palais of Paris (Tag, 27 March – 26 April 2009).

Historically, graffiti was an underground movement, born to the Hip-Hop rhythm in the American ‘hoods of the 1970s. It is people’s art, rough and ephemeral. Rough because it was created illegally in public spaces. Ephemeral because its lifespan, subject to external constraints, is necessarily limited. The prohibitions which hit this urban art right from its beginnings in Europe could not stop its expansion during the 1980s. At the end of the decade it had become a veritable fashion phenomenon, in the press and on museum walls. Aside from urban buildings, street furniture and public transport, the graffiti artists created works on canvas, paper or street hoardings which are now prized by a growing number of collectors.