Paris, France — It is a whimsical world, a joyful world, a hopeful world. The works of the artist Thoma Vuille offer a colorful world, the colorful world of Mr. Cat, a world that he imagined during this strange and destabilizing year of 2020. It was in the Jura mountains that the Franco-Swiss artist, who like multiple artists saw his exhibitions cancelled one after another because of the health situation, set up a studio in the midst of the countryside. The artist, known for his large sweeping works, began to reflect upon a format that was smaller, precious in a way. He worked in a host of mediums blending acrylic, silver foil and gold leaf pencil on wood. This abundance, this bounty of blends reflect a message of hope and joy, themes dear to the artist.
During the summer of 2020 and a period when France was no longer in confinement, Thoma Vuille brought Mr. Cat (M. Chat in French) to town in Paris and he could be found on the street, on a wall, at the entrance to a store, inside a school. His Mr. Cat works are currently on display at the the Parisian art gallery Galerie Brugier-Rigail integrating an exhibition revolving around Peru, which is why his portion of the show is entitled Mr. Cat, It isn’t Peru (M.Chat, C’est pas le Pérou). The expression in French also means it isn’t exactly a fortune. While museums are currently closed in France galleries remain open and if you can’t come to France right now, The Gourmet Gazette brings the marvelous Mr. Cat to you. The show runs through to January 30th.
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