Samuel Ouri - Urban Art
Where does your passion for art come from?
I have always had an interest in painting. It especially developed in adolescence during visits to museums of classical art and later modern and contemporary art, in Paris or during trips to Europe. This interest was then coupled with a passion for contemporary urban art which developed at the same time as my collection and was reinforced as readings and meetings with artists, gallery owners and visits to fairs or galleries all over Europe.
There is always a starting point for a collection. Do you remember of your first piece?
A little Alias by Invader that I bought in 2009. Above all, this mosaic represented something of Paris to me. And it pleased me to have a little piece of history at home, especially from my youth since I grew up in the Bastille district where I saw this mosaic a lot on the street corners. It was also a time when I had just met the one who is now my wife. We had a long discussion on the artistic character and on the acquired or innate taste for this type of relatively simple work. In a sense this first artwork sealed the first part of our history. I still have this artwork that adorns a corner of our apartment.
The masterpiece of your collection, the one you are most proud about?
A large, relatively recent SKKI text. What I like in this work is both its subject (a text in handwriting which speaks of planned obsolescence) and also the fact that we find the emblematic writing of the artist who was the one of the first participants in Graffiti in France. This work embodies both its history, its emblematic work around writing and its current work, sometimes quirky.
Where do you buy your works? Online, at fairs, at galleries?
At the beginning, I exclusively bought my works in the gallery because I thought it was important to exchange and meet the gallery owners. Also, I was quickly convinced of the usefulness of the work of a gallery owner both for the artist (to support and disseminate it) and for the collector (exchange and reflection partner).
Once I get to know an artist’s work, I also buy online without seeing the work. Often because the gallery is abroad and I was unable to travel. I also buy online prints.
I rarely buy at auction because I need time to think before buying. But the auction remains an interesting spectacle and the opportunity to get an idea of an artist’s price at some point.
What are your favorite artists of the moment?
Both the artists that I already have in my collection such as Boris Tellegen, Lek and Sowat and both the artists from urban art but who are moving away from it today like Horfée and Alexandre Bavard. More recently, I’m interested in the work of more historic artists like François Morrelet and Tania Mouraud. And then always SKKI's work for its diversity both in the gallery and on social networks which always captures something from the ambient air and which always challenges.
The role of the collector today according to you?
The collector spreads his taste around him through discussion, meetings, and on social networks. From the point of view of living artists, the collector is a financial support but also a more general support for artistic creation through exchanges, and sometimes encouragement.
What are your criteria of choice in the acquisition of your works?
It’s mainly about favorites, a particular emotion for the work of an artist whose role or contribution to movement is interesting. More recently, I’m interested in the forerunners or successors of this movement.
Our next talk party will be about art and digital. What is your relationship to digital?
As a collector, my relationship with digital is above all the use of social networks to keep me up to date with the latest news on the work of artists or gallery exhibitions. I also use them for the dissemination of my own collection and for my impressions of the moment.
What brings you MyStudiolo?
MyStudiolo is a very useful tool for managing and archiving my collection. It allows me to have photos of my works and administrative documents (certificates of purchase and authenticity) easily accessible. I also use it to have a history like the purchase price. MyStudiolo also allows me to consult the works that are not hung on the wall of my apartment, and on the go, to share with collectors photos from my own collection.
Below : JonOne (US) - Moneyless (IT) - David Gouny (FR) - Momo (US)