|Interview with Philippe Guillerm Maine Sculptor|
|Editor: Brenda Bonneville|
|Tuesday, 22 December 2009|
(Image: "Element of Wood" by Philippe Guillerm)
Philippe Guillerm's music-inspired sculptures are whimsical and curvaceous string instruments. He uses the theme as a way of expressing human nature and needs, and where one might see an instrument, Philippe sees an attitude. In addition to the musical theme, many of his sculptures depict sea scenes and animals. His other works include functional art like “sculptural-speakers”, finely carved furniture, large dimensional wall murals and monumental outdoor pieces. He works with exotic and local wood such as mahogany, aspen, jacaranda, poplar, wengue, purple heart, and walnut, using the wood's color like a painter uses paint. His works reflect dreams, illusions, and reality and invite the viewer to stop and reflect about human nature. He has worked on different art projects around the world in places such as the Black Pearl Museum in Tahiti, the International airports in Papeete and New Caledonia, and several yacht clubs and restaurants in Brazil and Australia. Philippe maintains a studio in Hope, Maine.
When did you first realize that you were going to be an artist and when did you first start making art?
Who or what inspires you?
There are many painters and sculptors that inspire me: Gaugin, Picasso, Dali, Magritte--they gave me the starting point for a cause, for the creation of the uncreated! These great artists taught me to reach beyond limits of imagination. These days, my favorite artists are my friends Jean Pierre Frey, A. E. London, Louise Peterson, Jean-Claude Gaugy.
Is (was) anyone else in your family in the arts?
Are you self-trained or did you go to art school?
(Image: "Cheval" by Philippe Guillerm)
Is the process of creating your art long or short?
Tell us something about your work. Do you have a subject matter that defines you as an artist?
What makes you stay with a particular subject matter? Why are you drawn to it?
(Image: "Self Portrait" by Philippe Guillerm)
How do you stay motivated?
What have you been working on lately? Are you experimenting with anything new?
Has your medium changed from when you first started out?
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
What kind of comment do you despise the most when overheard at one of your openings?
What kind of comment pleases you the most when overheard at one of your openings?
How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
Do you have any outside interests other than art?
(Image: Guitar Speakers by Philippe Guillerm)
Are you disciplined about your creative process (in other words, do you treat the process like a job, where you keep particular hours in the studio), or are you more spontaneous?
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
What's the best part of being a full time, working artist?
What's the worst part of being a full time, working artist?
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Where can we find your work?
Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina
Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport, Maine
Galerie d'Art Drummond in Quebec, Canada
The Wit Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts
Coco Vivo Interior and Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
The Grand Bohemian in Orlando, Florida
- Brenda Bonneville, editor
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