Folon, Jean-Michel

1983 Original Folon Poster, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London)

$75.00
  • 1983 Original Folon Poster, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London)

Folon, Jean-Michel

1983 Original Folon Poster, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London)

$75.00

Date: 1983 
Size: 11.75 x 16 inches
Artist: Jean-Michel Folon

When Folon died in 2005, the Guardian wrote: "Born in Uccle, near Brussels, the son of a paper wholesaler, Folon initially studied architecture, but by 1955 he had abandoned a country he regarded as a "mental prison" and headed for Paris. He ended up living in a gardener's pavilion in Bougival, on the outskirts of the capital, where he spent five years as a draughtsman. By the early 1960s, when he visited the United States, he was selling graphics work to Esquire, Horizon, Atlantic Monthly and Time; by 1964, his drawings were on display at the Librairie Le Palimugre in Paris.

His designs often included a conventionally dressed Everyman figure, with a stereotypical brimmed hat and arrows instead of eyes, marooned in an empty landscape or penned in by slablike skyscrapers. As Folon put it, "we live surrounded by boxes." In 1967 he even represented the Statue of Liberty with prison bars around her mouth."

This print is part of a collection of posters that were re-issued in 1983 by a Swiss publishing house called Alice. Unlined and in excellent condition, this small gem is ready to be framed!