Philippe Baudelocque is a French street artist whose intricate chalk work and cosmic animal patterns can be found around Paris, Marseille and other cities, including Hong Kong.
Baudelocque graduated from the National Superior School of Decorative Arts in Paris, though his artistic career began when he was a teenager experimenting with graffiti. He later abandoned graffiti for his now-signature figurative style.
It was back in 2009 that he stripped his approach right back to basics; armed with white chalk and black board, he launched his first series of frescoes depicting wildlife, aptly named “Cosmic Animals”.
He brings each creature to life with geometric patterns and an organic layering of textures. The mode in which he crafts mosaics of delicate line work brings three-dimensional quality to his murals, as if they are ready to pounce or fly right off the wall.
The nature of Baudelocque’s ephemeral method and material choice in chalk - means that his murals are fragile in contrast to the harsh concrete urban spaces in which he chooses to place them. Although his work veers towards a specific strain of street art, Baudelocque does not see himself as part of the movement. His work can be distinguished by the lack of demand placed on the viewer; with zero-emphasis on the human condition and by portraying no satire of society.