Portuguese artist Diogo Machado, aka ADD FUEL, returned to Paris to complete his second mural!
Following La Tour Paris 13, Djerbahood, his Parisian solo show and his first participation at Boulevard Paris 13, he returned in June for a new fresco. Located at 120 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, in front of its previous fresco, ADD FUEL plunges us back into its universe with its new realisation.
ADD FUEL had to adapt to atypical wall support alternating walls and windows, forming the rectangular facade of the building. The artist presents nine new mural sections, all of which form one single work. A real challenge for him, who realises with this mural the biggest stencils of his career (1.34 m).
He creates a chromatic connection between his first work, ENVOLVENTE, and this one, referring to the Portuguese aesthetic. His tademark colour palette, composed of blue and white, transports us to his country and his traditions. It inserts on the three different surfaces that makes up the structure of this building very diffuse cracks creating as a link with paradise. Three surfaces for three different motifs that mix typical Parisian motifs, Parisian ceramics, and Portuguese, the traditional azulejos of his native country.
This work incorporates one of the characteristics of the artist, the dynamism, created here from the repetition by transforming the square form. Using his favourite technique which is the stencil, he creates a mural composed of four panels, one of which is the frame. Two of the panels are inspired by photographs of Parisian earthenware tiles. Hydraulic mosaic tiles manufactured using a hydraulic press, composed of two or three colours with shapes that are not very complex and not very geometric.
For the first time, the artist ADD FUEL had the opportunity, because of the geographical proximity of the walls, to create a dialogue between two realisations. The artist is actively reflecting on the title of this mural, which is not a complete wall but a visual exercise referring to his style. He wanted to create a link between the dynamic effect and the interaction of the work with the audience.
With its creations, ADD FUEL makes his culture shines and represents the Portuguese community in Paris with more than two million Portuguese in Paris.
All photos courtesy of the artist