Initially trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Versailles, Sabine Papy, known as BAB, is a spontaneous and passionate creator who would continually look to enrich her imagination and her artistic knowledge. This thirst for knowledge, which led her to follow several different professional courses – the most recent in 2014 – may draw parallels with her artistic methods which consist, first of all of a collection of printed flecked supports, as well as bric-a-brac on the internet.
Interested and just as inspired by picture books, vintage magazines and retro advertising, BAB extracts fragments in these iconographic documents – from various and varied sources and on multiple subjects, and which make up the basis of her creative elements – that she transforms, arranges and reinterprets in her compositions. By means of cuttings and then collages, that she decorates with oil paints, chalk or even ballpoint pen and mixes with other materials, such as fabric, BAB creates and composes colourful figurative works, with traces of humour and poetry.
Her paintings, produced on canvas or wood, draw their influences both from the works of the American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, the achievements of artists from the Street Art movement, and the iconographic world of illustrated works from the 1920s to the 1970s, intended for youth.
When reading her works, you cannot take away from the whole the childish spirit, which characterises her colourful characters and landscapes, with rounded forms and fickle and elementary lines, and which even reveals all of the tenderness that emerges.