‘Paris’ by Marc-Antoine Coulon, the new arty book everyone is talking about

‘Paris’ by Marc-Antoine Coulon, the new arty book everyone is talking about

Recognizable by his distinctive model and his exact line, Marc-Antoine Coulon works for the largest names in high fashion and the worldwide press. After his Nude ink with Jacques Herbin final month, the star illustrator is right now launching ‘Paris’, his e-book of illustrations, in partnership with Éditions Flammarion. On this glamorous and evocative e-book – the primary dedicated to his work – the artist celebrates vogue, the spirit and Parisian stylish. Like an irreverent and colourful promenade, we uncover over the pages, portraits of well-known personalities, others extra private in addition to sketches of parades and Parisian locations which can be pricey to him. In just a few brushstrokes, he captures its essence in a really elegant means, like his contact, delicate and insolent… Assembly with this genius artist who will exhibit his works from October twenty third at Pierre Passebon, on the Vero-Dodat Gallery.

You’ve simply printed ‘Paris’, a brand new e-book which presents a synthesis of your work. Who’s he speaking to ?

M-AC: Everybody! If artwork is studied, additionally it is tasted even when we all know nothing about it. On this e-book, the one actual textual content is the chic preface by Inès de la Fressange. I wished to supply a picture stroll in my Paris, by identified or extra secret locations, portraits of Parisian icons or strangers, vogue… I thus sowed my little white pebbles, prompt in order that the reader can think about his personal story. It is at all times essential for me to go away room for the reader, like after we obtain individuals at residence.

A e-book, collaborations with the largest press titles, the world of leisure and vogue… However the place do you draw all these inspirations?

M-AC: Nearly in every single place, to be sincere. I draw on a regular basis and I am at all times on the lookout for new leads, on the street, within the music I hear, within the cracks on the partitions… Frustration can also be a superb driving power. We’re not often utterly happy with what we create. So we nonetheless create to scale back frustration. This virtuous circle is commonly very productive.

At a time of everlasting sharing on social networks, why this need to publish a e-book?

M-AC: They’re two utterly various things. Social networks give us info instantly obtainable, plentiful but additionally fairly chilly and dematerialized. The e-book is a sensual, bodily expertise, a presence. I wish to breathe within the scent of paper, to really feel the grain of the pages underneath my fingers. My condo is filled with books with out which I would not know develop previous… Ebook time doesn’t have the identical worth as social media time.

Are you a Paris lover?

M-AC: How to not be in love with Paris? I by no means tire of the various fantastic thing about this metropolis. At each avenue nook you will discover a distinct environment. I like strolling amongst booksellers, seeing exhibitions, assembly buddies on the terrace… It is a metropolis of the current. The previous and the long run meet there, there’s at all times one thing occurring! After which we additionally discover there what we deliver there.

What’s the Parisian district the place you favor to walk?

M-AC: I’d say it is extra of a journey, between Place du Châtelet and Place Saint Michel or up Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Are there locations that notably encourage you?

M-AC: The Seine, inevitably. I like its reflections at night time, its bridges, its quays. I additionally actually just like the maze of streets across the Place Saint-André des Arts: it is so candy to get misplaced!

And aside from drawing, what are your different passions?

M-AC: The music. I nearly at all times work in music. I purchase loads of music too. For a number of years I performed the violin, however sadly I not have time to follow.

Your return to highschool in 2019 was due to this fact marked by the discharge of your ink in collaboration with Jacques Herbin, but additionally your e-book. What are your future plans for 2020?

M-AC: On the finish of the month, I’ll launch the e-book in New York and begin a collaboration with the Pellegrino home that we’ll announce at Bergdorf Goodman. There may also be the Piste de la francophonie on TV5 monde, for which I designed the brand and illustrated all of the locations. The remainder continues to be secret, however there will likely be Italy, and a really nice summer time on the Côte d’Azur…

‘Paris’ by Marc-Antoine Coulon, Editions Flammarion, €50. Out there in bookstores and on the FNAC.

Exhibition of works by Marc-Antoine Coulon at Pierre Passebon, from Wednesday October 23 to Saturday November 16, 2019. 20/26 Vero-Dodat gallery 75001 Paris. 01 42 36 01 13

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