65 Ford Mustang - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original sculpture: 67cm x 29cm x 22cm
Thanks to his new classic Ford Mustang, Charly was sure that the beautiful Ellen would accept his invitation to take a trip to the cliffs along the coast, an ideal location to seduce her. He would park the car at a seaside spot and put an arm around Ellen’s shoulder. The young woman will look at him tenderly and they would exchange a passionate kiss. The big-bang of the origin of the universe wasn’t anything compared to what Charly felt at that moment. The scarlet red that Ellen’s lips left on his cheek was the best trophy he could show his friends. Plus the red went perfectly with the color of his convertible and was also the same color as his favorite football team. A perfect day.
From the early 1980’s, Guillermo Forchino experiments with various materials to create works of art in volume. This research began at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rosario, Argentina and then continued with three years of studies in art restoration and conservation at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. During his studies he discovered and mastered classic techniques and materials.
After completing his studies in Paris, he returned to Argentina where he directed the Juan B. Castagnino atelier of art restoration of the Museum of Beaux-Arts of Rosario. It was during this period that Forchino began creating figures made from wrapped bands of cloth where the visible parts of the body (head and hands) were made from wax and paper maché coloured with natural pigments.
At the end of the 1980’s, Forchino chose poly resins to create figures and scenes that resemble the world of comic strip and cartoon characters. They are typically unusual and humorous subjects such as a family leaving on vacation in an overloaded car with flat tires or a tired, old American pick-up truck from the 1950’s. He has used other modes of transportation such as boats, planes and motorcycles and has even used a bathtub for a military dictator. His characters are always handled with humour and finesse and given a soul.
Guillermo Forchino lives and works in Paris in his workshop two steps away from the Père Lachaise cemetery.