Fabulous Very Large Limited Edition Lithograph Print Titled l’Amateur d’Art, c.1990 By Noted French Artist, Guy Buffet who was born in 1943


Fabulous Very Large Limited Edition Lithograph Print Titled l’Amateur d’Art, c.1990 By Noted French Artist, Guy Buffet who was born in 1943

Mounted in a gilt frame which measures 73cm x 92cm

Signed by Guy Buffet in pencil lower right and is a Limited Edition 126 of 300

About the artist: Guy Buffet was born in Paris on January 13, 1943. His parents were in the restaurant business and were fond of art. Guy Buffet learnt early that his neighbourhood had once been the home of such artistic figures as Chagall, Matise, Picasso, and Modigliani. “At home there was always talk about these famous painters,” he says, “and I used to listen to these conversations while doing my homework at the kitchen table. I remember drawing on napkins and the linen tablecloths while my brothers were busy with kitchen preparations.” On his twelfth birthday, his mother gave him his first box of paints, a couple of brushes, a wooden easel, and several canvases. The young Buffet was soon displaying paintings on the walls of the family restaurant. He sold his first watercolour painting to an American who was visiting the family restaurant that next year. At age 14 he was transferred from state school to the famed Beaux Arts de Toulon and later studied advanced painting in Paris. By age 18, he joined the French Navy where his artistic abilities were so distinguished, he was named the official artist of the French Navy and given the prestigious assignment to “paint the world.” “In the South Pacific, while I was on shore leave and hitchhiking with some fellow sailors,” Buffet says, “we were picked up by a motorist who was the mayor of the city. After visiting the ship and seeing some of my paintings, the mayor talked to the captain and got permission for me to put on an exhibit in town.” From this came a series of one-man exhibitions in exotic Tahiti and New Caledonia. Afterwards, the French Navy helped organise his first exhibition in the Hawaiian Islands introducing Buffet to what he called “Paradise.” The year was 1963 and the rest, as they say is history. Guy Buffet soon settled in this “Hawaiian Paradise” after the prominent Cooke family offered to provide him living and studio space after his Navy discharge. What followed were several commissions from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts which emblazoned major murals at libraries across the state of Hawaii. Of his paintings, Buffet says, “I invite the viewer to share my experience. I take you into my world like a guest into my home. I want you to be comfortable, relaxed, happy; to forget about problems and sorrows. If you like it and want to come back, my world is yours.” Guy Buffet has also been commissioned by many corporations including Aloha Airlines, Grand Marnier, Westin Hotels, and Ritz Carlton Hotels. He has literally toured the world with one-man shows and exhibitions. One can feel the international influence of his Hawaiian creations, reminiscent of the French master Gaughin who depicted Polynesia from Tahiti generations earlier. Enthralled with the history and culture of the islands, Buffet continues to create famous images depicting the folklore of the Hawaiian people, animals and events. Buffet‚s whimsical Hawaiian world is where cows wear flower leis and bellow, “Amoo” and road signs bear, Baby Pig Crossing to allow mama piglet and her babies to cross a country road. His vibrant colour palette helps evoke a playfulness that brings out the child in every aficionado. While some of his other works are positively Polynesian, a great deal of it is decidedly derived from his French heritage. Depicting French sommeliers, chefs, and waiters mid-shift, Guy consistently captures the spirit and passion of the French people and their love of fine cuisine. Guy Buffet’’s images are now commissioned for a wealth of items from men’’s dress ties and shirts, to dinner plates, coffee cups, postcards, calendars, and women’’s wear. Buffet is also the official artist for Champagne Perrier-Jouet with his work gracing each decorative gift box.

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