‘Master of the Line’ | Guillaume Azoulay coming to Truckee for Labor Day
August 24, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. – World-renowned modern artist Guillaume Azoulay will be showcasing his artistry at Art Obsessions Gallery & Wine Bar Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3. An unparalleled collection of Azoulay originals and limited edition works will be on display for this special event and throughout the month of September.This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet a modern master – one of the youngest artists accepted into the prestigious archives of the Cabinet des Dessins of the Louvre Museum.Guillaume Azoulay was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1949. Since age 13, his thirst for adventure has taken him to many parts of the world, earning his way by painting and performing as an actor.Azoulay met his wife Charmine Seal, noted Welsh ballerina, in Israel, and in 1976 they arrived in the United States. By this time, Azoulay had achieved international recognition and become one of the most popular American etchers.In 1983, Azoulay was chosen to create the official Kentucky Derby Festival Poster. He was challenged by the thought of creating images that combined his love of horses with the excitement of the world’s greatest horse races. His series of etchings capture the spirit and vitality of racing’s most important competitions: Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont.The beauty of Azoulay’s Art centers on his amazing line-work that he weaves to create images of fluid motion and life. It is through his organic line construction that Azoulay creates balance, harmony, contrast, and the illusion of depth and movement in each one of his compositions.Azoulay says,” Abstraction is the flight, not the bird.” His works express an explosion of energy and force, a dissection of shape and function that transforms each subject into a multitude of lines all drawn with atomic precision. Azoulay’s style offers us the opportunity to rethink our approach to viewing art.”The subject matter is totally unimportant,” Azoulay explains with a smile. “Instead, observe the balancing of masses and voids, the interaction between the areas of darkness and light. The theatrics of composition are far more compelling than mere anecdote.”You could say that the key to appreciating Azoulay’s Art is hinged on your ability to truly read between the lines.Wine and appetizers will be served to compliment your art experience. Art Obsessions Gallery & Wine Bar is located in Historic Downtown Truckee, 10052 Donner Pass Road. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit http://www.artobsessions.com or call 530-550-9688 for information.