Ivan Micello and Cosey have finished the work on the mural in Pully. Cosey helped a last day to make some corrections and sign the work, of course.
I admire the works on the fresco – while it is a huge enlargement of the original drawing, the painters have managed to maintain the typical line of Cosey. I also like the subtility of the work – see for example the three slightly different hues of blue that have been used for sky, mountains and lake, no shortcuts here!
Below, you see a panorama of the painting, a collage of different photos. Click on the image for a larger version!
Progress until Friday, made on the wall painting in Pully. Ivan Micello told me that he will need five more days to complete the mural. Below, you see the very start of the process on Ivan Micello’s computer screen. You will notice how extremely oblong the image is.
At the College Arnold Reymond in Pully (Switzereland), an enormous mural painting of a drawing by Cosey is being made by Ivan Micello. A few days ago, Cosey himself came to assist in the painting work – more or less camouflaged by his blue outfit.
The painting will be 57 meters long and 3,4 meters high – this must be the largest work of Cosey ever.
At this moment, you can visit an exposition in Grenoble, titled ‘Derrière la Montagne’ (Behind the Mountains). In the exposition, 27 comic artists interpret paintings of mountain landscapes. See also my previous message about it.
Cosey went to work on Gustave Doré’s painting ‘L’Arc en Ciel’ (‘The Rainbow’). He saw all kinds of shapes and forms in the painting: a nude (a sleeping woman, according to the catalogue, but I rather see something less innocent), some dogs, fishes, a bridge and figures of people and animals – I would say fairy tale and comic characters.
I leave it up to psycho-analysts to discover hidden Freudian messages in Cosey’s interpretation.
Founder of Glénat publisher (publisher of Cosey’s Disney albums), Jacques Glénat, is also founder of a cultural foundation ‘Fonds Glénat Patrimoine + Culture’. It has its own exposition center in a former abby in Grenoble, the Couvent Sainte Cécile – where also the offices of the publisher are established.
Starting today (and until 14 march 2020), you can visit the exposition ‘Derrière la Montagne – La face cachée du tableau’ (Behind the Mountains – The hidden side of the painting’). In the exposition, you will see how 27 comic artists have re-interpreted 28 mountain landscape paintings. The result is an exposition of 28 diptyques.
Among the artists, Cosey – of course. Other comic artists whose work you will see: François Boucq, Jacques de Loustal, Christophe Chabouté and Nicolas Keramides (who made the drawing on the poster).
More info about the exposition on the site of Couvent Sainte Cécile: click here.
Also, a catalogue will be published: click here for more information.
Sad news from Lausanne: after 30 years, Galerie Librairie Raspoutine will close down. Another victim of online bookstores.
Raspoutine has for 30 years been a great promotor of swiss comic authors (and not only swiss, of course), among which Cosey. Raspoutine and Cosey published numerous ex-librises, special prints and luxurious albums, and organised expositions, book presentations and signing sessions.
Next Friday 13th (how symbolic) 2019, a special ‘Apéro d’Adieu’ will be the closing event for Raspoutine. Special prints will be published and an exposition of the work of to swiss comic giants, Cosey and Zep, can be seen.
We wish Lorenzo and his team good luck and thank them for 30 years of Raspoutine!
Watch maker Zenith celebrates the 50th birthday of its ‘El Primero’, an automatic chronograph. The story behind it is quite remarkable: company directors wanted to phase out the product because they saw no future for it, when quartz watches became popular. Enters the story: Charles Vermot, an employee, who did something absolutely extraordinary… Cosey was asked to illustrate the story.
He made a series of drawings of which some have little animations. Look at it via this link.
Among all the news about the new Minnie-album, we might easily oversee the publication by Niffle publishers of the black and white edition of ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’. The project for this album was originally announced for 2018, with a different cover image. For several marketing related reasons the project was put on hold, but finally, it is there.
Niffle is a publisher that specialises in black and white editions of classic comic albums, like Blake & Mortimer, Thorgal and others. This ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’ album is not the first black & white edition: Raspoutine was first with a luxurious album, but this Niffle edition is much more affordable.
Even if I admire this edition, I have mixed feelings about black & white editions of albums that were meant to be coloured. It is an adventure to look through the album and compare it to the coloured album, and you will discover details that went unnoticed in the coloured edition… but still: after reading this edition, you realise even more how beautiful the colours of Cosey are.
Also, comparing this edition to Calypso shows how different the approach to drawing is when Cosey intends to make a black & white album and when he is drawing while having colours in his mind.
Having said this, this black and white edition is beautifully executed. The drawings bring you very close to the originals you will see in expositions. It makes you see the album in a new light – which in itself is worth the purchase.