By Emma Regolini
April 17th, 2020
Contemporary artist PunkMeTender is most recognised for his bold and instinctual artwork and installations adorning the walls of Miami Art Basel, the Kardashian’s and many LA streets.
Originally hailing from France, PunkMeTender came to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for art and experimentation. With creativity sewn into his family lineage, PunkMeTender says that he,
“Found painting as a form of therapy and a way to express his emotions.”PunkMeTender
The artist’s style and work is constantly evolving, drawing nuances and elements from street art, graffiti, photography and the female form.
PunkMeTender’s instinctual approach to his work means he can break the rules as he pleases, reflected in his moniker. Adding to the mystique of his work, PunkMeTender stays anonymous to maintain his freedom and express himself creatively without restraint.
His artworks range from large-scale 3D murals to smaller fine art objects and private celebrity commissions. Recurring motifs include his use of butterflies and plexiglass exploring evolution and an untouchable desire.
PunkMeTender cites his artistic inspiration stemming from; Yves Klein for his minimalism, Damien Hirst for his ingenuity, Jean Paul Gaultier for his creativity and Alexander McQueen for his emotive creations and out of the box visions.
It’s evident that through his work, PunkMeTender explores the intersection of street art, fashion and female sensuality while honing in on the natural desires of human kind. His work has a passionate and enigmatic energy communicated through his use of bold colours and beautiful dimensions.
He states that, “the secret is to have the ability to find weaknesses in your own work and to dig those pain points out before anyone else.”Jerkface
We asked PunkMeTender a few questions about his career trajectory and advice…
Who are you and what do you do? I am PunkMeTender, and I am an artist.
Your work often features butterflies, representing transformation and new beginnings. How has your work evolved and changed over time? My work is constantly evolving; I compare it to a study. My artwork in an endless study, but the scale of the evolution becomes more and more refined.
Has there been a defining moment or project in your career to date? The day I landed my feet in Los Angeles, I knew it was my city, a city of angels.
Does the scale of a project ever intimidate you? Not at all, I’m usually the one to push projects to a bigger scale and to their limits.
What is your dream project? My dream project is to curate and design a haute couture fashion show at Paris Fashion Week.
What are you currently working on? Currently, I am working on spinning paintings. I’m studying the connection between the feelings of layering the paint and the mécanique of spin that has no feelings.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? If you don’t go forward, then you stay still.
What advice would you give to your younger self? Keep fucking up.
How would you describe your work in three words? Real, Aesthetic, dimensional