The Lorraine artist Mr.Oreke discovered pictorial art through the practice of graffiti at the beginning of the 2000s. Using his paint bombs, he began by decorating walls with his colourful drawings before extending his actions to canvas. Producing his works in a style resolutely oriented towards abstraction, the painter would several years later insert male and female portraits formed with stencils. The artist owes this integration of the human figure to the New York painter Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) whose portraits he admires.
M.Oreke’s signature can be found in his backgrounds, which he essentially works with aerosols in a graffiti style. Once the canvas is covered in projected paint, the artist mixes ink, acrylics and sometimes various elements such as bank notes for example. His characters then complete the ensemble and thus perfect the often-humorous story that the painter wanted to tell.
Qualified by the artist as “Street Pop Art”, his style is resolutely contemporary, steeped in energy and fantasy. Always powerfully colourful, Mr.Oreke’s graphic compositions are inspired both by the artistic style developed by the founders of the Pop Art movement and the aesthetic of American comics from the 1950s and 1960s. The regular use of drips, the important part played by typographic characters and the isolated insertion of collages increase the dynamism of his works and affirm the cartoon aspect of his productions.