The Candid Frame: A Photography Podcast

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The Candid Frame #201 - John (Jon One) Perello

September 1st, 2013

Episode 238 of 385 episodes

John Perello(Jon One) was born inNew York'sHarlemneighborhood to parents from theDominican Republic. Growing up in Harlem, his introduction to street art began at an early age, when he would see graffiti and tags on subway cars and city walls. When he was 17 he entered the world of graffiti with his childhood friend "White Man," tagging his nameJonwith the numbers156on walls and trains in his neighborhood.He said, "The subway is a museum that runs through the city." In 1984, he founded the graffiti group 156 All Starz, in order to bring together their passion for painting trains at night and to help forget about their problems, including drug use. At this time, he met the artistBando, who was living in New York. Following an invitation from Bando, JonOne moved toParisin 1987. He began his work as a painter on canvas in a workshop at theHospital Ephemeral, a literal hospital building that became a squatting place for artists, located in the 18tharrondissementof Paris. Here, he painted with the artists A-One, Sharp, Ash, and Jayone Skki.Soon, he made a name for himself in Parisian artistic circles through his work on canvas and the exhibitions he held, including one in 1990 atGallery 45 Gleditschin Berlin and the exhibitionGraffiti Paris, at rue Chapon in Paris. At an Artcurial auction on June 6, 2007,Match Point, a large canvas by JonOne made at the Hospital Ephemeral in 1993, was bought by a New York collector for 24,800, a record sale for the artist. This auction was also the highest bid ever obtained in France for a work of graffiti art. www.jonone.net www.thecandidframe.com [email protected]

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