Interview: Jaja Guillaume
Luca Curci talks with Jaja Guillaume, the winner of ARTIST OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2021.
I am interested in the urban landscape. The street is my playground. I like to play with the encounters and chance that I come across in the street… “First, there is the photography which allows me to capture the serendipity. The subject gives the idea, but color remains an inseparable part of the subject. Next come the sketch and eventually a collage. However, this sequence is not a rule. My work offers us an illustrated world in which I call upon our imagination, by suggesting and privileging lightness and the color. Through the drawings and colors, I try to stir our curiosity and invite us to reflect and smile.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Jaja Guillaume – THE HAPPYNESS, I like the color, I like create. To create is to resist, to create is to exist.
LC – What’s your background?
JG – I am born in1951 in Villefranche de Panat (12), a small town in the South of France. For the past 15 years, I am been living and working in Loches, in the Loire Valley. I discovered during my childhood the comics Tintin by Hergé and became fascinated by its drawings and sketches. They are the reason why I decided, later on, to take evening classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Grenoble where I learnt the art of drawing and the subtleties of color associations. At that time, I realized that sketches and colors would be essential elements in my creations. It first led my to work for home decoration companies, such as Toulemonde Bochart, a modern rug company for whom I worked from 1991 to 1995 and created a model called “Aztèque” in 1991. In 2003, I also started creating sculptures, as a continuation of my two initial passions, sketches and colors. “I am drawing in three dimensions”. I took part in major collective exhibitions such as the Salon de Montrouge (Montrouge Art Fair) in 1999, 2002 and 2003 and CUTLOG 2013 in Paris. Two of my art pieces are permanently shown in public spaces :”Le fantôme du jardinier” (The Gardener’s Ghost), a sculpture in metal (partly form imposed) in the Castle of Cangé’s Park in Saint- Avertin (France), and Le rêve “The Dream”, a 98.4 by 82.7 inches painting in a nursing home of Beaufort-en-Vallée (France). I also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Panthéon–Sorbonne, Paris I University in 2002. I exhibit since 1981.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
JG – The art work of Victor VASARELY
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society?
JG – the artist must “open a window” on the world, propose his angles of views with humility to make dream.
LC – And contemporary art?
JG – The same, and reconcile if possible, and give happyness.
LC – How would you describe your style?
JG – simple and clean, it could resemble the Comic Strip
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JG – Yes, it changes ,it still tends towards purification with more shades of colors
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed? JG – First The color carries me into the stars, then I see all the mistakes, everything I could have done better.