Original sculpture: 73cm x 31cm x 35cm
Story:Pascale and Dominique loaded the car with fruit, books, brushes, tubes of oil paint, canvases and an old easel. They went out without any specific direction with the sole desire to find a beautiful landscape to contemplate and to reproduce as a painting. In the back seat, ''Aramis'', the dog, jumped for joy on the tubes of oil paint, spraying paint in a ''happening'' of colors. From the left front wheel came a strange noise, the suspension was in a sorry state, the car paint, rusted and cracked, was a pale reminder of the original color. The body had suffered over time and had a few good dents, but the engine ... ah the engine, with its characteristic musical purr, a feast for the ears, something sublime, magical! What else could we ask? Total happiness!
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.