Ship Ahoy - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original sculpture: 52cm x 28cm x 48cm
Story:Bill was horribly bored at work. His only escape was reading novels about the sea and pirates. His heroes were Sandokan, Blackbeard, Jack Sparrow and Popeye. One day he decided to build an extraordinary sailboat from an old bathtub, rusted pipes and old sheets. To the cry of "Ship Ahoy!" he took the sea for a trip around the world and his dream to become a corsair became reality. It took only 5 minutes for his superb sailing vessel to sink, but Bill, far from being discouraged, refloated the boat and to the cry "Hoist the Colors" again launched himself to conquer the oceans.
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.