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MP Gautheron

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MP Gautheron

I spent my childhood in the French countryside and have been living in the city of Lyon, France for three years now. Before that I lived in Paris, where I studied art. I attended a graphical art high school (Maximilien Vox, Paris), then acquired a two-year technical degree in graphical design (L’initiative, Paris) and finally a Master’s degree in plastic art/illustration (Condé, Paris) and directed a screen-printing workshop for 6 months. I tend to be very sensitive and I am a persistent vegetarian with a close and respectful relationship to nature.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve attended art workshops and was lucky enough to start my career while I was studying, so I’ve never worked in another field. I am completely immersed in what I do and the love I have for art.

I never explain my creations so each one can unfold its own narrative.

I am a painter first. I’ve tried a lot of other artistic fields during my studies (photo, video, graphic design) but painting and sculpture is what allows me to express myself the best and most accurately. I work with intricate and highly detailed patterns on forms such as my skulls.

MP Gautheron

One day, a French toy collector contacted me to transfer the patterns I create on skulls to a Bearbrick (a manufactured “bear” shaped white blank) toy. After the first Bearbrick I was totally hooked. I’ve been spotted in the toy world ever since and have been lucky enough to be offered many wonderful opportunities including creating a collection of Dunnys (a collectable pop art toy platform) for Kidrobot that sold out in less than 15 minutes! It was a challenge and a unique experience, and as a result I’ve developed a whole new strain in my work that has really propelled my art career. In parallel, I developed my sculpture work as well, which allows for a whole new dimension to my paintings.

I don’t let myself be influenced by a specific style; I like to make realistic paintings (animals, plants) and mix this with a fantastic configuration that tells a story. I am in love with color and like to mix them to create life-filled visual treats, even when dealing with subjects like death. I am curious about the world that surrounds me, and artistically I feel close to other artists of my generation with whom I can share current cultural trends. I am not a big fan of art history; an actual road trip will inspire me more than a visit in a museum but that’s just my personal preference.

MP Gautheron

A frequent subject in my art deals with the natural process of death; I try to help people accept it by embellishing it. I like when they interpret my creations their own way, when it brings back emotions and memories. In France, like many other countries, death is a taboo topic. Because of superstitions or fear, we avoid talking about it. I see it as a beautiful and natural transition period, yin and yang. As an artist, I interpret and I attempt to send an indirect message, by the color and the symbols related to life, even when handling sad topics.

To be inspired is very important in art, and I am someone who analyzes everything that surrounds me–my brain never takes a break.

MP Gautheron

My process has slowly developed over time. I usually start my creations with a small-scale sketch with just a pen. Once this is completed and satisfactory, I redraw it on the final format, whatever that may be. When I start the painting phase, I begin with the background first, then attack foreground elements that usually have more details. For my serial production sculptures, I first make a prototype sculpture, then I realize a full scale silicon mold to finally pour plaster. And finally for my patterns, I prepare a support, sand it and paint it white. I create the design with a pen, then paint the pattern’s backgrounds. It takes about three layers to achieve a nice opaque and smooth finish. Lastly, I add my little signature circles one by one, with a paintbrush. I really enjoy making videos of this process; to see a piece go from a thin air concept to being fully realized is exciting for me to review.

The voyage I am on, the ordeal of life, good or bad, pushes me to express myself through art. The most challenging piece I’ve ever worked on was a one meter tall toy; it took me several months and I really felt like I had accomplished quite a feat when it was complete. More, I think my curiosity and always having an open mind helps to safely guide me.

MP Gautheron

Right now I am working on a painted skateboard collection and on another Kidrobot Dunnys collection, as well as several paintings and sculptures too. I’m preparing a Kickstarter campaign which will allow people who collect my art to buy printings of my works on paper, wood and aluminum panels. In my opinion, my world view, the artist is essential because he’s here to give happiness, help people to sort through sensorial emotions, and to send messages that might not ever be otherwise expressed.

MP Gautheron

MP Gautheron

I spent my childhood in the French countryside and have been living in the city of Lyon, France for three years now. Before that I lived in Paris, where I studied art. I attended a graphical art high school (Maximilien Vox, Paris), then acquired a two-year technical degree in graphical design (L’initiative, Paris) and finally a Master’s degree in plastic art/illustration (Condé, Paris) and directed a screen-printing workshop for 6 months. I tend to be very sensitive and I am a persistent vegetarian with a close and respectful relationship to nature.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve attended art workshops and was lucky enough to start my career while I was studying, so I’ve never worked in another field. I am completely immersed in what I do and the love I have for art.

I never explain my creations so each one can unfold its own narrative.

I am a painter first. I’ve tried a lot of other artistic fields during my studies (photo, video, graphic design) but painting and sculpture is what allows me to express myself the best and most accurately. I work with intricate and highly detailed patterns on forms such as my skulls.

MP Gautheron

One day, a French toy collector contacted me to transfer the patterns I create on skulls to a Bearbrick (a manufactured “bear” shaped white blank) toy. After the first Bearbrick I was totally hooked. I’ve been spotted in the toy world ever since and have been lucky enough to be offered many wonderful opportunities including creating a collection of Dunnys (a collectable pop art toy platform) for Kidrobot that sold out in less than 15 minutes! It was a challenge and a unique experience, and as a result I’ve developed a whole new strain in my work that has really propelled my art career. In parallel, I developed my sculpture work as well, which allows for a whole new dimension to my paintings.

I don’t let myself be influenced by a specific style; I like to make realistic paintings (animals, plants) and mix this with a fantastic configuration that tells a story. I am in love with color and like to mix them to create life-filled visual treats, even when dealing with subjects like death. I am curious about the world that surrounds me, and artistically I feel close to other artists of my generation with whom I can share current cultural trends. I am not a big fan of art history; an actual road trip will inspire me more than a visit in a museum but that’s just my personal preference.

MP Gautheron

A frequent subject in my art deals with the natural process of death; I try to help people accept it by embellishing it. I like when they interpret my creations their own way, when it brings back emotions and memories. In France, like many other countries, death is a taboo topic. Because of superstitions or fear, we avoid talking about it. I see it as a beautiful and natural transition period, yin and yang. As an artist, I interpret and I attempt to send an indirect message, by the color and the symbols related to life, even when handling sad topics.

To be inspired is very important in art, and I am someone who analyzes everything that surrounds me–my brain never takes a break.

MP Gautheron

My process has slowly developed over time. I usually start my creations with a small-scale sketch with just a pen. Once this is completed and satisfactory, I redraw it on the final format, whatever that may be. When I start the painting phase, I begin with the background first, then attack foreground elements that usually have more details. For my serial production sculptures, I first make a prototype sculpture, then I realize a full scale silicon mold to finally pour plaster. And finally for my patterns, I prepare a support, sand it and paint it white. I create the design with a pen, then paint the pattern’s backgrounds. It takes about three layers to achieve a nice opaque and smooth finish. Lastly, I add my little signature circles one by one, with a paintbrush. I really enjoy making videos of this process; to see a piece go from a thin air concept to being fully realized is exciting for me to review.

The voyage I am on, the ordeal of life, good or bad, pushes me to express myself through art. The most challenging piece I’ve ever worked on was a one meter tall toy; it took me several months and I really felt like I had accomplished quite a feat when it was complete. More, I think my curiosity and always having an open mind helps to safely guide me.

MP Gautheron

Right now I am working on a painted skateboard collection and on another Kidrobot Dunnys collection, as well as several paintings and sculptures too. I’m preparing a Kickstarter campaign which will allow people who collect my art to buy printings of my works on paper, wood and aluminum panels. In my opinion, my world view, the artist is essential because he’s here to give happiness, help people to sort through sensorial emotions, and to send messages that might not ever be otherwise expressed.

MP Gautheron

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