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What do people say
The Lovina Pages, North Bali's Bulletin, June, 2007.
Special visitor: Pierre Guillaume
Lovina had a special visitor last month. Pierre Guillaume, the wellknown and respected artist, came to the area to work on a new series paintings. Pierre was born in Holland in 1954 and came to Bali for the first time in the year 2000. tlp: " Why Bali?" Pierre: "There are magical names around the world .... Timbuktu", "Hawaii", " Tahiti", Mozambique. I decided to visit all these places. One of the names on the list was Bali. A magical place. Gorgeous women, and the tropical climate, Amazing! Bali has it's beauty full bright side, and a dark side on the other hand. "I like that balance. It is inspiring, fascinating and challenging here. So I like to go out and paint the life. Plein Air, on all different locations. tlp: "You make people happy and cheerful with your paintings. They are quality "Feel Good" works with something extra, both silent and active". Pierre: "Yes, I am an optimistic painter, I like to show joy and happiness. tlp: "You mainly choose "beach scenes" why is that? Pierre: "The beaches are right on the border. Where land stops and the ocean begins. The people are different on the beach too. The beach gives you the safe feeling that we remember from our youth. It is just fantastic, after spending a day on the beach, to come home and take a shower, wash the sand of your body, still with all the memories and pictures of the day in your mind. Amazing!" tlp: "Which painters are your inspired by?" Pierre: "Bastida Sorolla from Spain and Anders Zorn from Sweden. They also used the beach scenes as an inspiration. Fantastic art work! And not to forget, Adrian Le Mayeur de Merprès! tlp: "When do you come back to Bali? Pierre"I will come back again next year I have plans painting in the U.S and South Africa first”!
Drs. Job Ubbens, Chairman of Christie's Amsterdam and co-author with Cathinka Huizing of "Adrian Jean Le Mayeur de Merprès, Painter Traveller", Wijk en Aalburg, 1995 from the catalogue: Pierre Guillaume, Bali Beaches I & II, 2006
Pierre Guillaume: a real artist
Pierre Guillaume knows how to cover the canvas with a near photo-realistic semblance through which he raises an impressionistic suggestion. He roughly empties his tubes to the canvas but connects the seemingly abstract strokes with a subtle sensitivity for detail. Guillaume paints his figurative works powerfully and with energy. And despite the universal concepts of beach, sea and landscape, he has succeeded in making his Balinese oeuvre original. Pierre Guillaume makes you happy and cheerful with his paintings. They are quality "feel good" works with something extra, both silent and active. For me Pierre Guillaume's Balinese works connect seamlessly with the Balinese compositions of someone like the maestro Adrian Le Mayeur de Merprès (1880-1958). Also Pierre is a master, that he has proven with these sparkling compositions.
Leidsch Dagblad, Jan Rijsdam, August 2006
Leidse kunstenaar exposeert in Kunsthal.
Het is de eerste museale presentatie van Guillaume. De Kunsthal toont een reeks grote en kleurrijke schilderijen die Pierre maakte van het hedendaagse Bali.
Met de expositie ‘Bali Beaches’ plaatst Pierre Guillaume zich in een lange traditie van Westerse kunstenaars die zich laat inspireren door de magie van Azië. De schilderijen geven door hun formaat en kleuren een overweldigende impressie van het alledaagse Balinese leven: een omgeving met azuurblauwe zee en stralende zon. Zijn werk kenmerkte zich lange tijd door een figuratieve en realistische schildersstijl. De laatste jaren heeft Pierre vaak zijn atelier in Leiden verlaten om in de open lucht te schilderen. Zijn werk kenmerkt zich sindsdien door een meer impressionistische schilderstijl. De afgelopen jaren bezocht Pierre een aantal keren het eiland Bali, waar hij ook in de buitenlucht schilderde. Het eiland en de mensen maakte een diepe indruk op hem. Guillaume appelleert in die werken aan de toeristische clichés van Bali, maar tegelijkertijd laat hij het Bali zien van nu, waarin toeristen en eilandbewoners een natuurlijk tafereel vormen.
Duncan Wilson, The Jakarta Post, February 27, 2006.
Impressionist artist's sensuous Bali landscape
Pierre Guillaume's impressionist paintings do not draw fine art's typically hushed and reverential pilgrims. Instead Guillaume's Bali beach scenes provoke squeals of delight in viewers, who jostle and push toward the canvases as if in a trance. His felicitous landschapes pulse with Bali's sensuous qualities: the milky sunsets and soft air; the golden sun and lilt of laughter and birdsong arpeggio, and visitors and sand-strollers sparkling exhanges. These large and ambitious plein-air paintings capture the breath and immense intimacy of Bali's beaches; the pasar ikan; children frolicking in shallow water, and families and visitors mingling on the golden sands and shaden trees. Guillaume's painting also register this empathy for everyday in Bali Beaches: workers in markets or by the seaside; children playing in sand and shade while their families lounge nearby; and sprawling and relaxed tourist and locals. Guillaume's paintings are ambitious in their range of subject matter as well as technical skill. His paintings show nature in its most fleeting and beautiful aspects - from changing light of the sun in Pantai Kutai, to the luminous, dappled greenery and waxy rocks of Uluwatu, Jimbaran. Guillaume's broken brushstrokes of bright, often unmixed colors and loose or densely textures surfaces - in Pantai Kendonganan, Jimbaran, or Pantai Goa Lawah, Klungkung - imbue the paintings with a striking luminosity. Paintai Batu Bolong, Canggu is a personal favorite of mine. The painting shows five children jumping into the sea, oblivious to the painter's eye. Guillaume tenderly captures their flight into the water and their delight in the salty, sprakling foam. The painting also reveals the artist's unobtrusive observation and quiet humor as well as his respect for his subjects.