Valentin Guillon

French artist based in Paris
Represented by the gallery 
Florence Loewy 

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Valentin Guillon is a french artist born in Le Mans in 1993.
He graduated from l’École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris with honors of the jury in 2016.
He is represented in France by the gallery Florence Loewy, & works amongst the Ateliers Wonder.

Valentin paints the same way he practices sport.
Before his studies at ENSAD, he performed speed skating in national championships.
The same way he finds balance & rhythm in sport, he imprints a frequency to the minimal shapes,
& a sequence to the geometrical flat colors of his works.
Interlinked, tools and moves serve the notion of rebound, repetition, tension & speed.
His use of the body’s mechanism & automatic gestures invoke the notion of cycle, and dynamism
by opposition to statism.
Through his practice, the artist slips in the concentration state which is to be found in sport training,
only to better find freedom in constraint.


While his paintings graphically convoke athletic signage & abstract modernism,
wood prevails in his creations, as an overt reminiscence of the construction material used in sports courts.
To look at his work is to join a game of variations, harmonies, shapes & gestures which plays collectively.



Read more about Valentin Guillon’s work here


Portrait by Salim Santa Lucia





Scrambler 250cc


Circular painting from the Figures & Tactiques series.

Acrylic & crayon on wood
120cm ∅


2020


Swing


Miniature swings echoing the full scale installation made at the exhibition Eurythmie.
The exhibition was elaborated in collaboration
with the musical artist Jacques, & took place
at the Maison du Livre de l’Image et du Son
of Villeurbanne, in the Lyon region, FR.

Wooden sculpture, copper, steel,
acrylic paint & rope
25x20x20cm


2017



Multi-Cible


Mural painted in the gymnasium of the penitentiary center of Caen, FR.
The project was commissioned by the Palma Festival, for its 2020 edition.
The painting is also a game surface for the gymnasium users, allowing them to practice the precision of their throws, & comes with mini-games rulebooks.

Acrylic on wall
1800x400cm


2020



Figures & Tactiques


Ongoing series of paintings started
in 2019.
The series associates technical drawing with acrylic paint on various wood shaped formats.  

1- Fig.4 Le contrôle
120x80cm


2- Fig.6 La sortie de piste 
60x40cm


3- Fig.3 Le une deux  
120x80cm


4- Fig.5 La résistance au vent  
60x40cm


Acrylic & crayon on wood


2019-2020



Territoires


Territoires is a series of paintings
on canvas & wood that has been presented at the Artissima Art Fair
of Turino, IT.
The series is an experimentation
of compositions and crops of sports courts surfaces.

1- Le pied d’appui, dyptique
50x90cm


2- Aile gauche
150x100cm


3- Surface
170x200cm


Acrylic on wood & canvas


2018