TANC France, b. 1979

Tanc (Tancrède Perrot) is a French artist born in Paris in 1979. He sees street art as ephemeral, with the creative process mattering more than the result itself. Being an artist, to him, means embracing a certain way of life: to be fully committed, and show absolute integrity.

At the turn of the century, he mainly focused on studio work. His exploration of the possibilities of the line allowed him to immediately stand out from the usual graffiti artists. His work strives towards synthesis of his name, of tags, of individuals, of music, of life. His work does not seek perfection, but spontaneity. The artist’s state defines the work’s density and its precision.

He appends his signature on his canvasses as he used to do so on the walls with his graffiti since his teenage years. This discipline is above all an instinctive outlet for a need to express himself, taking over the urban space and shouts his name across the city.

Tanc’s new works have moved into a more formal abstraction without any glimpse of lettering. By focusing his work on line and color, he regenerates the pictorial tradition by confronting it with street art’s essential vitality: prevalence of action, perfection of the gesture, acceptance of the unexpected, and expression of a strong singularity. Action, energy, and the artist’s emotion thus aim to touch the viewer in a sensual, intimate and immediate way.

Tanc has exhibitions in France regularly, and his work has gained international prominence with exhibitions in Germany, the UK, Morocco, and New York.