Julien Malland aka SETH travels the world and exchanges with street artists from different cultures to broaden his horizon on life and mural painting. From this experience he has been compelled to draw simple characters, mostly children, somehow connected to the chaotic environment in which they are revealed.
Witnessing the outcome of globalization, his creations are celebrating cultures and traditions. His productions define an hybrid culture between modern expression and traditional representation. His approach aims to trigger an artistic dialogue, whether it is a collaboration with local urban artists or a learning process of traditional techniques from local craftsmen.
SETH is also the presenter, author and director of “Les nouveaux explorateurs“, a TV show produced by Canal+, each show focuses on a country and its local mural artists. His travels during the past two years are narrated in a book he authored, “Extramuros“.
We highly recommend you to read his recent interview with Instagrafite here to find out more about his approach.
Let’s explore a recap of SETH recent interventions around the globe starting with In My Head, an installation completed for Wall drawings, Icônes Urbaines at the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, in France. For this exhibition SETH used more than 1,000 children drawings from China, Japan, Indonesia, Ukraine, Brazil … The work below is inspired by the artist’s mural ‘Dream Big China’.
Curiosity – Part 1 was completed in Dubai as part of Dubai Street Museum on the 2nd of December in celebration of UAE National Day. The project is curated by Rom Levy and Sanaz Askari in partnership with Brand Dubai.
Below another mural in Dubai entitled Prohibited for the Dubai Street Museum.
Entitled Landscaping the mural below was produced in East Sumba in Indonesia. We love how SETH uses his surroundings and abandoned locations to create vivid and meaningful works. His creativity questions the world we live in, opening your imagination and giving you the opportunity to contemplate another dimension and vision of our existence.
Ma Bastille created in Port-Louis in Mauritius. The title refers to the French National Day commemorating the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. This an important event in the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.
Sous les pavés… (Under the pavements …) was created in Port-Louis in Mauritius. Behind this wall there used to be a school now converted into a parking lot.