The Ironic work of Thierry Bruet


Painter Thierry Bruet

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SPANISH VERSION

I wanted to start inviting artists to my blog whose art at first sight could shake my heart and my brain at the same time, artists who were developing an original way to see, different from what we normally see around, but at the same time artists with a strong sense of critic of modern world.

One night when I went to bed decided to start searching on Instagram by hash tags and found this one: #parisart, slowly started to scroll down, in the middle of the complete darkness of my flat, just the light of my iphone was lighting my face, trying to find something who could attract my attention. Suddenly a painting full of amazing colors attracted my eyes as a magnet, I immediately tapped on it and when it opened my dual fibers connected, the painting was from French artist Thierry Bruet.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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Next morning, the first thing I did was to send an email to Thierry and Couple hours later that same day I received a phone call from a number I didn’t have registered, picked it up and in the other side I had the friendly, deep and dynamic voice of Thierry Bruet, telling me he wanted to arrange an appointment for the next day….When things are meant to happen, the doors open smoothly, with no effort.

Thierry Bruet paintings knocked my inner dual fiber for 3 reasons: first of all he´s using a classical technique to paint (which is unusual for this modern days), second the colors, contrasts and the way he use light are just amazing and third (and most important) the way he mocks society with his paintings, by combining characters from totally different eras of art, on situations that have an strong sense of critic using a caricaturized way to paint his characters which makes stronger the message he wants to send. When I asked him about this last reason, he said “I just paint people who you could easily find in the streets, people with a non traditional beauty for classic paintings, you can even find people with a more caricaturized appearance in real life, it’s just a different beauty that normally you will not find in classical paintings and that’s why I do it”.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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The day of the shooting I arrived to his studio around 11:30 am, the morning was cold and cloudy, I opened door, passed through a curtain made out of a bubble wrap and there he was sitting on his sofa placidly smoking a cigarette while waiting for me. The ambiance in his studio is warm and cozy, with some low lights in the living room where you find a beautiful sofa escorted by a huge library and just besides the space where he paints, full of materials, sketches, frames and of course paintings made in the big format that he likes to use. Thierry offered me an espresso, he forgot to bring the sugar and Cesar (his partner, who’s  in charge of all the administrative issues which Thierry hates) remembers him to bring it to the table, we sat down in the living room, started talking, braking the ice and deciding how to start while we were enjoying the flavor of that coffee.

Painter Thierry Bruet

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Thierry is a self – taught painter, he’s been painting since he has memory and the first contact he had with the masters of art was when he was 5 years old and his grand father took him to the Louvre.  But the only person of the family related to arts was his aunt (the sister of his mother), who was working in the fine arts market with Paul Colin (a famous poster maker from the 30’s) and was the girlfriend of a famous French painter called Georges Mathieu who was into the lyric abstraction in the 50’s.

One day, her aunt ask him to giver her one of his paintings and she took it home, when Georges Mathieu came to visit her, he saw the work of Thierry and ask her: “Have you bought a Modigliani? ” Wow! A Modigliani painted by a child that was just having fun playing with paintings. Then she told Thierry the story, he felt very proud of it but  since he was just 7 years old, he couldn’t understand well what that meant but as he says “it was a way to feel good and continue painting all the time”.

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© L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

Years after, he had to make a decision about his professional career, but he came from an industrial family (his father had an advertisement company), so studying fine arts at that time was not an option. He thought “I’m going to study something between both fields (industrial & arts), so I will do architecture”.

Ones he graduated, he started working as an architect in a design studio, he was in charge of doing the plans, years after he went deep in the business and ended up constructing buildings in Paris. But all the administrative management involved in that work just bored him, meanwhile he continued painting and the day of his first exhibition arrived . Little by little he started to get more involved into his work as a painter until the age of 35 when he finally decided to dedicate full time to be an artist. He has not followed the normal path of a painter and he has always painted with a classic technique and explains: “I think there is still a lot things to say with this style and since I want to send straight messages, the best way to keep it closer to reality is by using the classical style to paint.”

Painter Thierry Bruet

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When I asked him about the reaction of the French public to his paintings, he says “There is some people here that like what I do, but in general the French public is a bit dull, they don’t have a vanguard mind set and always want the classic style”. He thinks art is today in the exact same moment of the 19th century, when the big “Salons de Peinture” were selling for a fortune the official painters and in the side there was a group of artists who were developing new concepts but nobody knew them. He says “Today museums don’t want to miss anything in art and even if they don’t understand it, they buy it due to their fear to pass over something that would be important in the future, but most of the time they end up buying crap and my art mocks that system”. At the end, he continuous living his day by day, he doesn’t like to make plans for the future and continue selling his art all around the world, his next exhibition will take place in Palm Beach in the month of April 2016.

That day, the 3 of us (Thierry, Cesar and me) had lunch together at his studio, Cesar brought a delicious pizza from a good Italian restaurant around the corner and the most amazing Eclaire du Cafe that I’ve had since living here in France. We talked about their taste for good restaurants in Paris, their love for the Island of Corsica and other regions around France worth to visit and at end we finish with the cherry on the pie talking a little bit about Napoleon.

Here is the way I saw Thierry Bruet  in his studio, hope you enjoy the pictures!

Travel of Life


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© L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

I have always liked to travel and see new worlds, new cultures, new ways of seeing life, new sensations, new people; when I’m traveling I have this feeling inside of excitement, curiosity and expectation, the same one I have when I receive a gift from somebody wrapped in a nice gift paper: I dont know what comes inside and I like to unwrapped slowly and carefully, with no hurry to make that sensation of excitement, curiosity and expectation last the longer that I can.

The most important travel that we as humans will ever do is our life itself. It’s a travel even if you dont ever move from the place you were born, it’s a mind and spirit travel that you will have even if you dont want to do it, it’s a travel because you start in one point coming to life from your mother and end up in another one without ever knowing the date it will finish, it’s a travel because you will carry a luggage of experiences with you that could make the trip easy or hard to handle and it’s a travel because you are not the same person at the end of the journey.

The most interesting part of this travel of life is that the only thing you will have for sure is an end that will last forever, that final point of arrival is called death,  after that you will never be able to travel again at least in what we know as our physical tridimensional world in earth. Death is what makes the travel of life most interesting, because no matter what you decide to do in life you will end up dying and the most exiting thing about death is that none of us know when it will come; Death is not just for the old people, death is just another part of the cycle of life and it can arrive at any moment of our short human existence.

So, if we know that the only certain thing in our trip of life is death and at the same time we don’t know when it will arrive, Why should we waste our lives doing things that don’t make us feel in the present that feeling of excitement, curiosity and expectation that I mention before? Why should we live a life the way everybody does just because it’s the way it should be? Why should we waste our limited minutes of existence to do a life to please the others? and most important: Why should we live a life to feel regret for not having done what we really wanted in our last minutes before dying?

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© L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

We should have the courage to take the real control of our lives and start doing whatever brings us in the present that feeling of joy, love and passion, with no excuses for that! The monster of money in our society of hyper consumption have taken out from us our souls, clouding our minds and blackening our hearts. Former President of Uruguay José Mujica described it really well for Human the movie: “When I buy Something, when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it, you’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life is one thing that money can’t buy, life only gets shorter and it’s pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.”

It’s been three years since I decided to make the decision to take the control of my travel of life by doing what really has made me feel alive: Photography. Before I was living a “good life” in front of society in all aspects: economically, socially, professionally and sentimentally, but I was living empty inside and blind for our capitalism system. Today, I can say that since I made that decision three years ago, the travel of life has been five times more lonely, ten times more exiting, hundred times more human, thousand times more difficult but million times worth it.

I live this travel in the present with the gift that every morning brings to me, sometimes the gift is amazing, some times is ugly, but it’s a gift that life is bringing to you to learn something, it’s a gift that I like to unwrap slowly and carefully because I will carry it with me in the travel of life and it will help me in some way to travel more humanly, being grateful for that minute that just has passed, which will never come back; this gift will help me in my present to construct the minute that is coming next, which I will never know if it will be the last one in my life.

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© L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

I wanted to express in some way how I feel on this travel of life, so I went to the train stations where you find the powerful TGV trains to shoot some images to capture that blurry, confusing, difficult but colorful and exiting way that I´ve been living that live travel adventure in the last three years, I hope you enjoy them!

Cheers!

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Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase


Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase

Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase – © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

For my first male model story in Pashioncase, I was looking for a really special person, somebody with an amusing passion and with an interesting personality. So, there I was inside an office of Bananas Models in Paris, a place with a nice light, everything in white colors, a computer in the desk, a beautiful continuous light, a background and 3 chairs; everything inside a typical parisian building from the 19th century. I was waiting for the models of the casting that Guillaume (the friendly, working and kind booker) had prepared for me.

Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase

Nicolas appeared with his crazy light yellow hair which reminds me one of those powerful Japanese Saiyans from Dragon Ball Z , his soft voice, relaxed way of being and enthusiasm for his artistic projects. We started talking about him, about Pashioncase and very quickly I found out he was an artist who wants to generate shocking reactions on the public through his art  as he told me during our chat.

This french model, 23 years old, who’s studying graphic design whose passion is to paint and specially to do sexual illustrations, most of them are orgies, some of them are literal and some others are more abstract forcing the viewer to make an effort to see deeply inside to find out the sexual party that lives in them. He also does nudes of people most of them painted in a white background with a black pencil and also press edition and visual identity pieces. You can see his work on his website http://nicolashau.com/

Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase

Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase – © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

In the other hand he will also start studying theater at nights, to become an actor, although he has already done his first role in the film “Like Cattle Towards Glow” by Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley where Nicolas will play the main character of one of the four stories the movie will have appearing totally nude during some of the scenes.

When I asked him what would he do if money wasn’t an issue and he could do whatever he wanted in life, his answer was: “I would want to have the power to see through the walls to check the private life of people in every building of the city, to be like a little mouse that can sneak under the doors of the houses, I’m a very curious person” an unexpected answer, with some dyes of innocent voyeurism  that exemplifies the creative mind that lies inside Nicolas.

Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase

Nicolas Hau for Pashioncase – © L.A. Cuellar, All Rights Reserved.

After having all this information about his passions, I immediately  had the idea of creating a visual story where Nicolas  would live inside of his own artistic world and more specifically inside of his illustrations. I called the story “Searching for Inspiration” where you will see the illustrations of Nicolas surrounding him all the time and at the end himself living inside of them.

About his fashion style he likes the classic typical french style but with a crazy or funny touch which my partner stylist for this shoot Sophie Ostrowski brought to life for the story by using brands like EachxOtherNo Ka’OiÊtre CecileHarmonyZara, Ralph LaurenIsabel Marant and Obey New York.

I’m sure Nicolas will grow big inside the artistic world if he keeps that emotion and desire to express through art what he feels and thinks about the topics he is interested; he already has the talent, the aura, the creativity and the vision of a real artist, so the only thing that remains is to work hard to reach his dreams.

Wishing him the best of luck for his career as an artist model, here is the fashion story of Nicolas Hau:  “Searching for Inspiration”

Styling: Sophie Ostrowski – Photography by LACuellar

Directed/Written/Shot  by LACuellar – Styling/Designer:  Sophie Ostrowski – Edited by Mystic Colors – Music Amentia

Remember I’m interested on shooting the person living inside the models by showing one important part of their lives: their passion, all with a natural way (no make up, no hairdressing, no skin retouch). So if you are or you know any model with an interesting passion, personality and look, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Cheers!

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