Grégoire 'Léon' Guillemin

Born in 1968 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Grégoire Guillemin, aka “Léon”, started out by working at a French communications agency, before deciding to recreate his childhood heroes using digital techniques and new media . Born in 1968, his artwork is heavily inspired by popular culture.

From 1930’s vintage to modern day Pop art, Léon plays around with key characters from the imaginary worlds of comics, video games and science-fiction. He starts by creating visuals on the computer before putting acrylic paint to canvas.

Léon doesn’t see himself as an artist, more as an “Eclectic Graphical Gamer”, as it's the graphics and characters that have come to define his pieces. These days he is seen as one of the leading actors in the "Geek Art" movement in the new technologies and medias universe. This ever-changing movement covers computing, gaming and science-fiction.

Using minimalistic art techniques, his pieces place comic heroes in everyday contexts. His series showing “The Secret Life of Heroes” achieved notoriety and made him an extremely popular figure across the Geek Art universe. We see Superman shaving, Mickey Mouse smoking and Spiderman eating a burger. The colours are bright and unmistakeably Pop. The artwork is humourous, slightly racy and completely captivates the audience as they discover a new side to their most beloved childhood heroes.

By using close-ups, it’s complete voyeurism. We see Catwoman, a lolly in the mouth, fighting for attention next to Wonder Woman, who’s swallowing a banana that is taking up the whole of the foreground. Léon overrides societal norms and childhood heroes take an adult twist, making them timeless classics once again.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SHOWS

Décembre 2014 // The Secret life of heroes // ARTcade Gallery // Art Basel Miami, USA
Novembre 2014 // Vertical Gallery // Chicago, USA
Novembre 2014 // Herofestival // Marseille, France
Septembre 2014 // Game Art exhibition // Palabam, Italie
Septembre 2014 // New Guns Of Art // Paris, France
Septembre 2014 // Krause Gallery // New York, USA
Juillet-Août 2014 // Comic’art // Samhart Gallery, Montreux, Suisse
Juillet 2014 // The Art of Geek // Comic con, San Diego, USA
Juillet 2014 // “Emerging to Established – An Annual Group Show” // Krause Gallery, New York, USA
Juin 2014 // Ride The Wall // Genev’artspace, Genève, Suisse
Mars-Avril 2014 // SLOH at Galerie Milani // Galerie Milani, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France
Mars 2014 // The Secret Life of Heroes at Twenty Twenty Two // The Basement, Manchester, Royaume-Uni
Janvier-Février 2014 // Superheroes at Meyrin // Forum Meyrin, Genève, Suisse
Octobre 2013 // THE SLOH at Zebra Square // Zebra Square, Paris, France
Octobre-Décembre 2013 // The SLOH at alternatiba // Calle Sanchez Pacheco, Madrid, Espagne
Septembre 2013 // Festival les arts mêlés // Théâtre Jean Vilar, Eysines, France
Juin 2013 // The secret life of heroes // Galerie Napoléon, Paris, France

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