Et alors... And then...?, 2022
"And then, everything started whirling around." Thus begins this pictorial tale, trilingual, written and drawn by the artist Guillaume Dégé. The little story of a creature who wonders how to live in a world turned upside down. It observes around us and takes the example of other animals: realizing their fate depends on their ability to adapt, she ends up in turn by becoming one with a shell.
"Et alors..." is a book to read, between parents and children, and a book to look at. Guillaume Dégé deploys his delicate talent to merge old engravings, gouache and pencil. Each page is a graphic event, which surprises the eye, distills clues and creates new images. In our turn, we launch ourselves on the crazy imaginary track of the artist.
A small initiatory tale in the air of time (or in the time of the air!), which foils by a poetic pirouette, the uncertainties of the time.
Born in 1967, Guillaume Dégé began by studying Chinese at the Langues O’ School in Paris where he acquired a reputation as a distinguished Sinologist. Co-founder in 1994, with Daniel Vincent (alias Tom de Pékin), of the publishing house Les 4 Mers, he is also a discerning collector of images, antique alphabet primers and prints, which he uses to feed his practice of drawing and collage.
Since the publication of his first book, Un artiste à monter chez soi in 1993, Guillaume Dégé has written over thirty works published by amongst others Seuil and Gallimard. During his life as an illustrator that preceded that of an artist, he was commissioned by the Comic Opera in Paris as well as the MAC/VAL and regularly worked for the newspaper Le Monde over a period of ten years. His drawings have also appeared in several press publications such as Libération, Beaux-arts Magazine, La Tribune, etc.
Guillaume Dégé taught at the Haute École des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg for nearly fifteen years, where he directed the illustration department and in 2019, he was appointed to the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Over the years, he has trained generations of artists, graphic designers and illustrators. He has also been a teacher and associate professor at the Xi’an academy of Fine Arts in China since 2015.
Guillaume Dgé has enjoyed exhibitions at amongst other venues, the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (FR) and the Musée de Sérignan (FR) and his works are included in the collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (FR), the Haute-Normandie and Ile-de-France FRACs and the CNAP, Paris (FR). In his role as an exhibition curator, he organised “Dessins Pointus” at the Halle Saint-Pierre in 2004 and “Doré and Friends” at Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (FR) in 2014.