~ The Early Period ~
October 4 – October 29, 2017
During the years 1979 thru 1989, Guillaume Azoulay created remarkable etchings using only lines to bring his subjects to life.
He has been called the Master of the Line. His life’s journey has taken him from selling his drawings on the streets when he was a kid, being chosen to create the posters for one of the most famous horse races to being accepted into one of the most prestigious art museums in the world.
It all began in Casablanca in 1949, where Guillaume Azoulay was born. He was ten years old when his family moved to France and at thirteen years old, Guillaume was selling his drawings on the streets of Paris. It seemed that he was well on his way to becoming a creative force in the world of art.
Anxious to experience life on the go, Guillaume left home at the age of fourteen, traveled thru Europe and the Middle East and paid for his travels by selling his art.
For a while, Guillaume acted and appeared on stage. Eventually, he realized he would need to make a choice between preforming art and visual art, so he left his acting behind and focused on creating drawings. During this period in his life, he met and married the well-known Welsh ballerina Charmaine Seal. Charmaine had been a dancer and actress on England’s comical ‘Benny Hill’ TV show. In 1976, the newlyweds left for the United States.
Azoulay was beginning to be recognized as an important artist and had exhibitions in Rome, Sardinia, Paris, and Amsterdam before he met Charmaine. But it was when he arrived in the United States that he exploded onto the American art scene with the force of passionate collectors behind him, including Hollywood elite and political figures. While Azoulay’s subjects have varied at times, it is his etchings and serigraphs of horses for which he is best known.
In 1978, Azoulay was accepted into the permanent collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris.
In 1983, Azoulay was chosen to create the posters for the Kentucky Derby. His beautiful Derby etchings, done in sepia, capture the movement and excitement of the race.
Even though he remains a widely collected artist and most of his works are now sold-out editions, Guillaume Azoulay continues to produces his etchings and serigraphs in very limited numbers.
Guillaume Azoulay is collected by Kings, Presidents and admirers worldwide.