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Arthur Hent

Born: 1973

Hometown: Rennes

Based in: Nantes

Arthur Hent is a French artist based in Nantes and Paris. He has a literary training, but has always drawn. The first drawing he remembers dates back to his early childhood: a black dog appeared in the superposition of straight lines. While pursuing his artistic career, he also develops his career as a copywriter for major Parisian advertising agencies, awarded with numerous international awards.

His work is inspired by algorithms, geometry and screenwriting : he writes stories with lines.

The idea for the line came to him in a vision when he was 23 years old. He saw two lines move, meet, then separate, and instantly associated their lines with the trajectory of two people. A few years later, returning from a journey in New Caledonia, he decided to create his language, to write with lines rather than words.


2020. Pensée Sauvage, Nantes
2010. Autographie, Paris


2017. Imago Mundi. Contemporary Artists from France. Luciano Benetton collection.


2013. Article in Trendland.


More About Arthur Hent

Question IconWhat inspires you?


Question IconDescribe your creative process.

With straight lines, I capture the energy that animates our lives.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Sensitivity, structure, vibration

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Pierre Soulages. Daniel Buren. Donald Judd. Guy de Cointet. François Morellet. Dorothy Napangardi...

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

My hand for drawing lines.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

You are lucky to be under the sun, don't misuse its light with nonsensical things.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

In front of a blank page.




France, 2010