Guillaume Pelloux is a French artist, known for his collages composed of photographs of the aristocracy and old architectural monuments. The world of Guillaume Pelloux’s art is sometimes colorful, sometimes dark, representing the mosaic of sensations, impressions and memories.
The Art of Collage
Guillaume Pelloux was born in 1976 in the city of Toulouse, France. As a former archivist, Pelloux developed his fascination towards royal dynasties and aristocracy. Intrigued by it, he wanted to discover and give a second life to the real people behind history’s great names. His fear of time passing and thoughts on the shortness of life eventually lead him to express himself and create.
Fascinated by the images, and by the power they possess to convey symbols and messages, Guillaume Pelloux discovered collage, the medium that enables him to truly express himself. He creates new images and diverse stories, by using the original images that are diverted, multiplied, torn or amplified. The pieces are then applied on canvas, creating the mosaic collages of live characters from the past. Figures become revived from the history, along with the dreams, feelings, obsessions and fears they once have had. The perception of the image is reversed – his interpretation reveals a different story.
The Secret Lives of Royalty
The images Guillaume uses evoke an old-world, and fit into the single specific time and story. Mostly black and white, or with faded sepia tones, the images depict old monuments, different architectural style. Pelloux also uses various court and formal portraits of royal personages.
Interested in European royal dynasties, Guillaume Pelloux observed society and world leaders, and eventually questioned the veracity of the images given by the different periods of history. Constructed from the official portraits of figures from the aristocracy, Pelloux unveils different personalities that live underneath them, and gives them his own narrative. The artist often multiplies subject’s body and face in his collages, and in that way gives them new, undiscovered individuality.
Lost Worlds and Aphrodisia at the Galerie Geraldine Banier
Represented by the Galerie Geraldine Banier, Guillaume Pelloux’s art has been exhibited at the gallery’s group exhibitions, such as Lost Worlds in 2013, Butterfly Effect in 2014, and most recently, Aphrodisia. His solo exhibitions include History: Chapter 1, in Toulouse, and Inside My Head, held at the Palais des Ducs, in Evora, Portugal.