all pictures courtesy of Valérie Deswaziere
Life and works
Christian Guillaud at first was a sailor, then he became a brocanteur (dealer in second-hand goods) and when he retired, he became a creator of an outsider environment.
At some moment in the early years of this century, he paimted one of the many items he had in stock in a fresh, lively color and positioned it somewhere around his house. This happened to be a trigger. It made him decide to go on decorating interior and exterior of the house.
So gradually most items he had in stock have been painted in bright colors and arranged in and around the property..
In the course of the years, the site got a lively appearance, showing a multutude of items, dolls, toys, flags, fleamarket stuff, whatever.....The arrangement of all this bric à brac will be changed regularly, there never is a dull moment.
Meanwhile, the site has expanded to a piece of land on the other side of the road.
This environment is situated in the small french community of Lens Lestang, on the road heading to Hauterives, located some five kilometers away..
(Hauterives....rings a bell?....right, this is where facteur Cheval's Palais Ideal is located. Two geographically related outsider environments, two completely different concepts).
* Photoseries by Valèrie Deswaziere on the website vacanceo.com uploaded march 2011
La maison arc en ciel
26210 Lens Lestang, Rhone-Alpes, FR