Conquering his palette
"Lovers of nature and country roads, landscapes of France or elsewhere, of Italy, of classical music, of the skies of Provence, of the tides of the ocean, of old stones and ports, of legends and dreamlike worlds, sometimes nostalgic, often poetic, I draw my creativity not from the subject but from the colors that transcend it and make it imaginary. This is how I try to magnify reality. »
Jacques Guillet Born in Vendée on the shores of the Atlantic, Jacques GUILLET lived for a few years in Provence. This period greatly influenced his way of painting and bringing light to his paintings. Today retired in the Mayenne countryside, he devotes himself full time to his passion with, after having experimented with all materials, a single medium: vinyl emulsion. His first encounter with art was offered to him by his drawing teacher in college. The encouragement of this man makes him realize that he has an innate ease and passion. After an art school that teaches him academic values, he listens to the artists who punctuate his career and do not hesitate to teach him personal techniques. Over time, through advice and lessons, he forges his signature and asserts himself in his choices.
His canvases then take on a new dimension with additions of material and surreal colors that magnify the places and skies of his landscapes in which buildings of character are often found. For many years Jacques Guillet has exhibited regularly in France and abroad. The pronounced taste for history, architectural heritage and music challenged this man from the seaside to bring out, to the same rhythms as the old stones full of mysteries, the ports and the boats, omnipresent in some of his series. The musicians he meets sometimes give birth to a picture where only the gestures of the virtuoso are faithful to reality. After preparing his canvas, Jacques Guillet draws his painting the old-fashioned way, entirely by hand, sometimes in Indian ink before letting his imagination play with the colors of his palette. The drawing that worked for an architectural painting then believes that a libertarian painting is born under the brush. But no anarchy on the canvas, the unrealistic colors harmonize with method. The visual language is freely inspired by the figurative to make it imaginary and nothing and no one disturbs the quiet progress of this artist who takes pleasure and devotes himself fully to the passion that has driven him for almost fifty years.