Greg Guillemin’s pop art superheroes, aka “Léon”, invest Val’s castle in Corrèze



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Nourished by pop culture and the geek universe, Greg Guillemin alias “Léon” diverts the heroes to immerse them in everyday and contemporary life. Some sixty of his works are on display at the Château de Val, in Bort-les-Orgues in Corrèze, until October 30.

Snow White with a cigar in her hand, Batman with his rubber duck o Spider-Man enjoying a hamburger: These pop-colored images are from Greg Guillemin, aka Léon. An artist nourished by pop culture -from Marvel to Andy Warhol- and the geek universe (video games, science fiction), who kidnaps the superheroes of our childhood with humor and daring. Léon sifts through all the characters from comics, video games or science fiction adventures. He immerses them in everyday life to make them more human.

Imagined from Photoshop and Illustrator, his first creations date back to 2010. your series styling exercises Y paper heroes He hit the target immediately and his first exhibitions were a dazzling success, both in Europe and in the United States. Many magazines and brands seize their illustrations. In 2013, the artist experimented with acrylic, without abandoning the digital.

It is in 2015 with his series. The private lives of heroes. that will make a name and notoriety. in the series pop icons Y pop mix, the artist continues scratching his sacred heroes, always humorously but sometimes critically. Fun then settles at the heart of his work, which has become much more technical. Details, varnished finishes are mastered.

After the heroes of the comic strips, Léon now faces large-format paintings, such as breakfast on the lawn by Edouard Manet and other famous painters like Van Gogh.

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