Guy Brunet

France, 1947

Guy Brunet was 16 when he began filling school notebooks with screenplays (over 350 in all). Gradually, he took up drawing as well, at first using colored pencils to create his storyboards. Later he would go on to draw and paint his own movie posters on the back of those he inherited from his father (who had run a small movie house). He began by using the paint normally used in construction, but then he turned to acrylic paint. Lastly, he began cutting out cardboard figures to portray a great number of actresses, actors, film directors and producers: he brought them back to life and lent them a voice, animating them within self-created, very imposing settings. This then was the last step before actually producing a film, which he carried out by attaching a little digital camera to a tripod. A self taught creator, Guy Brunet avails himself mainly of salvaged materials and supports: old TV sets that he dismembers, using their carcass to house his miniature settings; he also resorts to the backside of movie posters, cardboard chocolate powder cartons and LP record sleeves. He draws on his childhood cinematographic culture for all the subjects and themes of his works. Love and nostalgia inspired Brunet to bring back to life the period that cradled him throughout his youth.

Source: Based on Collection de l’Art Brut Lausanne

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