French street artist Dran (1979), also known as the ‘French Banksy’ due to their similarities in tone and message, uses his dark sense of humour to criticise the various aspects and contradictions of contemporary culture. The artist works across different media including graffiti, illustration, drawing, stencil, painting, silkscreen and photography. His works are concerned with social commentary, particularly the effect of the modern world on human relationships, the environment, the suppression of creativity and freedom of expression. Dan is particularly concerned with the suppression of children’s naturally imaginative minds and creativity and his messages are often depicted through children equipped with crayons. Despite the naïve feeling in his works the narrative remains anything but innocent. He says, ‘Even though the children in my drawings don’t look like me, the way they play and escape through dreaming is what I’m all about.’

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