Vive le Rat!

blekA year later, Blek le Rat’s angel is still intact on Sunset near Maltman. The reknowned French street artist, who was the first to use stencils to execute work in the early ’80s (long before Banksy,) bestowed his elegiac imagesĀ  upon Silver Lake and Echo Park during his first US one-man exhibit last Spring at Subliminal Projects, the gallery owned by Shepard Fairey.

The exhibit was called, “Art is not peace but war,” something Fairey is experiencingĀ  now in his legal battle with AP over his Obama Hope poster.

The Blek site front page currently features another of his stencils from the same Los Angeles intersection.