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Saeio 2009-2014, the book

5 year archive of Saeio's graffitis and paintings in the street.

About the project

Well, it's Christmas very soon and we received the books few days before the 25th! 
And we are very glad of it!

All of this would have been impossible without a huge support, in every way possible, but especially not possibl without our Ulule backers!

The books are now available here : http://editionspeinture.com/

A big thank you to you all!

Since the arrival of graffiti at the end of the ‘60s on the East coast of the United States up until now as it has become a worldwide movement, several succeeding generations have established rather clear limits to graffiti. However at all times, a certain number of these graffiti writers have been interested in testing its limits individually or collectively, giving to this form of painting the weight of a culture already rich, filled with singular experiences and stories.

In this story the Parisians PAL crew members, including Saeio, have stood out these past years by their huge street productivity and by the originality of their paintings. 

Beyond their work on letters that remains central, their favorite themes are not necessarily brand new in the history of graffiti. Like the sample in the history of Hip-Hop music, graffiti has borrowed from many other visual fields such as painting on canvas, science fiction or comic books. The PAL, however, renewed theses themes by using modes of composition and aesthetics in a much more spontaneous matter. This rather original approach contributed to place them at the forefront of the international scene.      

Even though the crew members share a common identity, their research is oriented in different directions and seems to be mostly united under the same spirit of adventure.

Saeio’s production keeps up a palpable consistency despite its continuous tendency to break new ground in painting. He reflects on his art practice and on the importance of graffiti in his life and more broadly nowadays. By putting his heart into this discipline, he single-handedly seized upon an impressive number of technical skills and painting supports. His set of works on letters can be inspired by the aesthetics of Hector Guimard and Art Nouveau or at other moments by Blade’s manifest legacy, whose extraordinary production on the New York City Subway in the ‘70s and ‘80s made durably and deeply his mark on the aesthetic of graffiti. Saeio’s will to develop or even shake up his graffiti sometimes leads him to abstract compositions which carry out hints of expressionism or impressionism. The 20th Century avant-garde pictorial aesthetics that he uses are not only limited to the image itself but are extended throughout a strong spiritual commitment in his painting. Saeio is without a doubt the best tag writer and one of today’s most amazing and complete graffiti writers. 

He keeps a strong attachment to letters, a central subject in graffiti,

The book “Saeio 2009-2014” is a 350 page monograph on Saeio’s work composed of a large selection of his production from the past 5 years. 

A detailed interview (in French and English) brings to light his quest and 300 pages of images provide an understanding of the evolution of his painting throughout the years. 

The book brings together the first book of our “Archives” collection along with the first booklet of the “Textes” collection. This booklet presents the essay “Oral Transmission and Mythology in Graffiti” written by art historian Joëlle Le Saux. 

This text focuses on how the history of graffiti - still in construction today - is formed, like in any emerging culture, of anecdotes that have become structuring myths. Joëlle Le Saux examines how orality and early writings, often provided by fans and graffiti writers themselves, support one another and define this mythological construction.  

- book technical details :

300 pages 

Size 21 x 29,7 cm

Soporset white paper 90g/m2 and Bengali recycled-colored 65g/m2

Offset printing

Sewn binding 

Cover-poster: folded poster of 84.5 x 59,3 cm, both sides printed

Booklet of 24 pages, format A5 half fold (Loop stitched binding, monochrome printed): « Oral Transmission and Mythology in Graffiti »

Texts: French and English

Printed in France

1000 copies 

>> upcoming in october 2015 <<

- staff :

Editorial direction, book layout, interview and introductory text : Éditions Peinture

Essay : Joëlle Le Saux

Translation : Hannah Théveneau

Photographs : Saeio's personal archives and contributions from A. Ferreira, Baptiste P., C. Meslay, The Grifters, Kike M&S, Les Mystères De Paris, Rg78, Stefan Haehnel, Vitostreet, Lepublicnme.

Partners : galerie Association d'Idées, centre d'art contemporain Passerelle, Straat Galerie, conseil général du Finistère.

- "La foi est une mise en abîme comme tes cheveux", original and limited 70 copies artist’s fanzine, signed / numbered by the artist :

- silkprint 4 colors, limited to 80 copies, 50 x 70 cm, co-edited by French Fourch, 2015, signed / numbered by the artist :

- 5 original ink drawings, 50 x 70 cm, 2015, dated and signed by the artist :

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50 x 70 cm #1 : 

50 x 70 cm #2 :

50 x 70 cm #3 :

50 x 70 cm #4 :

50 x 70 cm #5 :

- 5 original ink drawings, 70 x 100 cm, 2015, dated and signed by the artist :

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70 x 100 cm #1 :

70 x 100 cm #2 :

70 x 100 cm #3 :

70 x 100 cm #4 :

70 x 100 cm #5 :

- Painting on canvas, untitled, mixed media, 80 x 110 cm, 2015, dated and signed by the artist :

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What are the funds for?

The project’s costs: 

- 13 500 euros of printing / book binding

- 1 500 euros to pay the project’s contributors (translation, critical writings etc.)

- 1 000 euros for the production of screen prints and artist’s book “La foi est une mise en abîme comme tes cheveux” available online here 

- 800 euros for Ulule commission

- 50% of silksprints values go to co-editor French Fourch.

This first book sales’ profit will help develop our book collection.

About the project owner

Editions Peinture is a non-profit publishing house based in-between Paris and Brest, France.

By the name “Editions Peinture” we mean, as it should be, to definitively bridge the gap between graffiti and painting (in all its perspectives, starting with its most artistic and historic aspects, but also through a more formal, and trivial angle, etc.) The book as object is able to restitute, with respect, many fields of study. We consider it as a space of exhibition, documentation and research, which deals with a varied and contemporary practice of painting. 

We believe graffiti cannot only be studied from a socio-psychological perspective based on the assumption that graffiti is produced by a marginalized youth in rebellion, nor can it be under an even more disturbing level of analysis of an amazed street art amateur. Rather than narrowing down an expert definition of the movement, our approach to graffiti is more about the openness created by crossing points of view, experts without a doubt. Therefore we consider it important to release “Archives” and “Textes” together. 

Although they are isolated, some unique and exciting books already exist to us. Either because these books are historical and icons of the graffiti movement, or, more rarely, because the link between the documented paintings and the written text to which they are associated, is particularly relevant. We are thinking in particular about the CAP’s book ABCDCAP (Crew Against People) from Prague published in 2007 by BiggBoss and the written text of Václav Magid accompanying the paintings of the crew. 

We position the Editions Peinture in the continuity of this book and we intend to highlight today’s dense and explorative wall painting, and its most significant impacts. Through our choices of graffiti artists and as our publications will develop, we wish to share with the readers our interest in some of today’s graffiti forms. 

Our publications :

- The “Archives” collection: focusing on the artists, it gathers an important photographic documentation of their productions from different time periods and places, often gone, and spread all over the Internet. Each book will contain an interview of the artist on his practice and if necessary on other related questions. 

- The “Textes” collection: consist of a more literary and critical set of writings from authors/ theoreticians that help understand these practices, their cultural dimension and many artistic issues.     

- Moreover more isolated and different size projects, such as artists’ books, will be issued off-collection. 

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