b. 1983, France

JR Biography

The charismatic street artist JR has visited cities across the globe, from Rio de Janeiro to Phnom Penh, seeking through his photography and posters to give a face to the powerless ordinary person and to stand for their causes and communities.

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Early Years

Beginning his artistic career as a teenage graffitist on the streets of Paris, JR by chance came upon an abandoned camera and began documenting his fellow underground artists. He pasted his photographs on city walls in 'sidewalk gallery' exhibitions.

JR Artworks

JR's works typically involve pasting large-scale black-and-white photographs of ordinary individuals from different communities onto city walls, rooftops, or scaffolding structures.

Portrait of a Generation

While working on the series 'Portrait of a Generation' (2004–2006) the artist was inspired by footage of the 2005 French riots to paste photographs of individuals from Les Bosquets on the walls of Paris. The artist sought to rectify the unbalanced coverage and representation of the people of the riots.

Face 2 Face

The artist took his humanising cause overseas for the illegal exhibition Face 2 Face (2007) in Israel and Palestine. Pasting images of Israelis and Palestinians from the same professions making comic faces alongside each other, the artist sought to generate understanding that crossed divides.

International Projects

After Face 2 Face, JR's practice grew to several simultaneous 'international' projects.

'Women Are Heroes' (2008–2009) began by acknowledging the women coping in the favelas of Brazil, and subsequently spread to cities worldwide. The project culminated in a final work covering the side of a large container ship that departed Le Havre for Malaysia.

Speaking at a TED Talk in 2011, JR proposed to 'turn the world inside out' with an international participatory art project empowering people to put up their own images and speak up about their own causes and experiences. Financed by a $100,000 TED Prize, the artist accordingly began the international participatory art project 'Inside Out' (2011–ongoing).

Departing from his focus on people's faces, in 2016 in collaboration with the Louvre, JR turned to architecture. He made I.M. Pei's iconic glass pyramid 'disappear' into the façade of the palace in the background using an historic photograph and then returned in 2019 with an abundance of volunteers, paste, and paper, to illusionistically extend the pyramid below ground into a false crater.

Giants series

The artist's 'Giants' series (2016) for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was another high-profile project in which huge photographs of unknown competing athletes were erected on scaffolding.

Exhibitions

Not limited to the gigantic, JR has held solo exhibitions featuring smaller photographic and installation works in galleries across Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada. He has also exhibited work in the Venice Biennale (2007), the Shanghai Biennale (2010), and the Havana Biennial (2019).

Film

The artist also makes films utilising and documenting his work, including the Oscar-nominated documentary Faces Places (2017) directed by the late Agnès Varda, and the short film Ellis (2015), starring Robert De Niro.

Website and Instagram

JR's websites can be found here and JR's Instagram can be found here.

Michael Irwin | Ocula | 2022

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Giants, Rising Up, 9 Mars 2023, 6h31, Hong Kong, China by JR contemporary artwork print
JR Giants, Rising Up, 9 Mars 2023, 6h31, Hong Kong, China, 2023 Color print, mounted on dibond, matte plexiglass, flushed walnut frame
123.2 x 162.6 x 6.4 cm
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In The Container Wall, Le Havre, France by JR contemporary artwork photography
JR In The Container Wall, Le Havre, France, 2014 Colour print, mounted on dibond, matte plexiglas, flushed black koto frame
124.46 x 185.42 x 5.08 cm
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Atardecer En Bayamo, Paper Block, Cuba by JR contemporary artwork photography
JR Atardecer En Bayamo, Paper Block, Cuba, 2021 Colour print, synthetic plaster
53.34 x 38.1 x 7.62 cm
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Déplacé.E.S, Valeriia, Paris, France by JR contemporary artwork photography
JR Déplacé.E.S, Valeriia, Paris, France, 2022 Marouflage of a photo print on a cotton canvas, stretched on an aluminium back frame, light oak frame
163 x 124 x 6.5 cm
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Empreinte, Hand # 1, Chauvet by JR contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
JR Empreinte, Hand # 1, Chauvet, 2022 Colour print mounted on dibond and matte acrylic
153 x 103 x 6.5 cm
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Hand # 9 by JR contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
JR Hand # 9, 2022 Paint on wood
99.8 x 259 x 3.5 cm
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Tehachapi, Daytime, Triptych, U.S.A. by JR contemporary artwork photography, print
JR Tehachapi, Daytime, Triptych, U.S.A., 2019 Colour print, mounted on dibond, mat plexiglas, american flushed walnut frame
160 x 264.5 x 9.2 cm
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Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Nara Roesler New York, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in 540 West 25th Street, New York, United States
Pace Gallery Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo +3
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris Marais, France
Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai +2
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