|all pictures courtesy of Sophie Lepetit, |
from her weblog
Referred to by the locals as Les Guallino, the couple Anne Poiré and Patrick Guallino has enriched the French municipality of Belmont de la Loire with an art environment that features the bright site of life.
Life and works
Patrick Guallino was born on May 10, 1943 in Uzès. Later he would live in Cannes
At a young age he became interested in visual art and at the age of fourteen he was already working with oil paint and chalk.
|a colorful character in the garden|
He continued to do so until at age 25 he was upset by the Paris student revolt, May 1968, and he destroyed or burned all of his work, except a few paintings kept by his mother..
It was not until more than ten years later, in 1982, that he resumed the visual arts. He was and remained a non-professional artist without any art education.
mosaïque du tapis aux pierres précieuses (2011)
(gemstone carpet mosaic)
When I met Patrick, painter, sculptor -I am more of a woman of words, rhythms, music and vocabulary- his studio immediately seduced me. And the man.
I arrived in his small village, and we have never left each other: since then, acrylic, vowels, pastel, consonants, ink intermingle.
Anne and Patrick got married and in 1990 they settled in Belmont de la Loire to live in a former tissue factory. Belmont is a small community of some 1500 inhabitants, located in a rural setting, north-west of Lyon.
|Anne and Patrick in front of some of the |
architectures in their garden
They set up a space of the former factory as a studio and engaged themselves both personally and as a couple with artistic activities.
Anne Poiré would mainly focus on the literary craft and publish a large series of books (an overview of the book covers can be found on her weblog). Patrick Guallino focused on visual art, initially creating small sculptures, later working on paintings (here is an overview of the development of his work).
|an example of a decoration|
The other event is of a completely different order, but from an artistic perspective just as interesting.
|view of the site through an opening in a wall|
|a view of some architectures in the garden|
The decorations are mostly of an elementary nature.
|a series of faces|
|enclosing wall with decorated panels|
|tower with a bench|
|sculptures around a pond; |
in the background a sculpted gate
|decorations on top of the sculpted gate|
|a stained glass wall|
(on top of an old wall dating back to the 12th century