The French artist Jules Dedet Granel, called The Atlas, born in 1978, finds his research around writing the starting point of his plastic and pictorial work. He studied calligraphy in many countries and cultures and created his own original typography.
He is particularly attracted by the idea of creating a universal pictorial language, which is a right balance between form and letter, between the act and the intention. A game of infinite variations, afflicting and moving away from optical art and the various movements of abstract and geometrical art. In the 1990s, he acts radically in the public space, making himself known in the field of graffiti. since the 2000s he has been developing a studio work and exhibiting his works in contemporary urban art galleries.
Major figure and internationally recognized street art, it is renowned for its painted facades as well as for its monumental performances performed on the ground of the cities on historic sites, like this huge wind rose sponsored by the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2008, where still on the Capitol Square in 2012, in partnership with the city of Toulouse. These performances are the subject of videograms carried out image by image by the artist.
He also collaborated with major brands such as Perrier whose mythical bottles he adorned with his "? Poptic'art?" Touch, a movement mixing optical art and pop art which he claims to be the inventor of the name; But also with Agnès b, intervening on the clothes of the designer who is one of the most faithful collectors of the artist.
Atlas has the peculiarity of systematically seeking and renewing its approach and its expression of the letter and the line, the codified rhythm of writing, seeking the border of the illegible, and methodically leading its work towards the abstraction and minimalism ?; he considers any form as a letter and any letter as a form, which leads him to work recently with urban planners to give a third dimension to his art and reinvest the public space in another way thus giving meaning to the dimension architectural of his work.
He is now an artist whose rigorous work explains the success of collectors, the public and institutions.