Philippe Guillerm, originally from France, typically lives in Maine– unless he is sailing around the world. His beautiful modernist creations evoke a certain new style for cycling art work. Straying from realism and impressionism, he draws out the emotions of cycling in a more abstract manner- setting his works apart from the rest. Philippe is the creator of Willy Go, a cycling cartoon, and he is originally a painter and sculptor of exquisite violins.
To purchase any of the below available works, please contact Tonya R. Bray at 626.993.4383.
A letter from Philippe, his inspiration in his own words:
IT ALL STARTED WITH 4200 miles of fun ride on a bike!
I had a great job last summer. I was hired to cross America with my bicycle from New York to Los Angeles as part of the “We Like Bike 42” group for the 2009 Bicycle Film Festival. But before that my life was already a bicycle tour! I have been on the trails for about 11 year now starting in Florida, where my only way to go to work was my bike and work was about 10 miles from home (which by the way is a sailboat) . After moving to Maine about 4 years ago I started to dedicate much more time for bicycle activities and end up with the local NEMBA club where I ride every Thursdays , but on my own I ride every day on the hills of the local mountain bike trails.
As a French guy I was always surrounded by the excitement of the Tour de France and all the other bicycle tours and races but I have lived it in a very different life. I left France on a Sailboat when I was 20 years old and had lived in it for 20 years, raising a family for all this year. My principal activity was my art, sculpture, painting, drawing, literature. I have traveled the world on sailboats for many year and now I had adopted this new life style on the land!
So, riding on a 4200 miles trip was not a scary challenge. I loved it! The experience was really exiting and challenging at the same time. I have seen those famous hills on the North of the States for having gone through it on my trips to my Art Shows and knew that those will have to be challenging at some point. But I made it and it was great!
Art and music are more direct languages than spoken or written words could ever be, and my art sings. I’ve always wanted to send a message that could be accessible to all. My goal is that a person who is walking on the street, very busy, will stop and take a few minutes of his time to appreciate my work and understand my message.
My family is originally from Brittany, or “Land of the sea”, where the people traditionally worked as sailors and fisher men. I went to school for engineering, following my father’s vocation. But I grew up surrounded by art in Paris, and my training, along with helping my father build furniture and boats, prepared me to compose. “I think that if I had chosen art studies, I would probably not be so original and probably be more classically oriented. Besides,“an artist is like a scientist, always researching”!
With my heritage and a lifetime of summer sailing I left France at 21 years old, for a trip that left no doubt in my mind that I wanted to live on the sea and work on creating pieces of art that would challenge me in every way. Every piece takes me to another one harder, funnier, sadder: it is an intellectual work. I also try to have a touch of surrealism and humor (it is my nature). My figures melt into human emotions, morphing with human anatomy, and altogether entrancing art-circuit goers. I see my paintings warmly harmonizing with life, and my pieces speak with eloquent lyrics. Music, drawing and sailing is a part of my life and depending on my mood is my principal inspiration. When I was young, I used to draw for hours an even replace play time with hours of sketching. Therefore, I took all the passion of design that I had and transformed it into my paintings and sculptures. My passion for boats and sailing started in a very young age, my father took me with him on races and raids, at the age of 17 I was already sailing with the big boys and wining some great competition.
My travels eventually led me to countries such as: French Guyana, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, French Polynesia, USA and I have left an installation in brilliant native colors, at nearly every place I have stopped.