ILLUSTRATIONS

Since the creation of l’Avant Courrier, we have chosen a visual identity that is on the move. Each year, we commission an artist to create a picture depicting his/her own vision of our activity at l' Avant Courrier. A few keywords (women, circus, movement), black & white or colour, men or female illustrators… Starting with Kazy – the creator of our logo which on the contrary stands the test of time – our collection flourishes over the years.

L’AVANT COURRIER 2015 by KAZY
Kazy-K, born 1984, lives and works in Nantes (France).
Having practised multiple forms of Graffiti for more than ten years, he now uses a large panel of representational techniques (etching,screen printing, ink works, stencilling...).
Influenced by classical painting, underground imagery from the 80’s onwards and to a greater extent by « folk art », he has not hesitated to incisively distort certain sacred iconographies.
His work is characterised by a constant search for a point of convergence between the technical, the human and the cultural. This constant interaction nourishes his artistic research.
This process generates a variety of « languages » in order to be accessible to the greatest number of people.
Kazy-K also collaborates with different groups of artists and companies.
His productions are to a great extent inspired by his travels and refer to the street, an endless inspiration considered as an open-air gallery and a perfect testing ground.
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L’AVANT COURRIER 2016 by GWENAËL MANAC’H
Born in 1990.
It could have been anything else, but he chose drawing.
Drawing as an inner and automatic dialogue, from which encounters, incomplete stories and scenes emerge.
His work is composed of faces, of multifaceted characters to which one could lend thought.
He is inspired by street art, Impressionism, the books of his childhood and people on the bus.
And what he likes most is that another eye reflects his own image.
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L’AVANT COURRIER 2017 by LUCILE REGUERRE
Born 1985, lives and works in Nantes (France). Having learned bronze turning at the Ecole Boulle in Paris and stage design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, her inspiration comes from the fine arts as well as the performing arts.
She practices linocut and her favorite medium is paper.
She apprehends linocut in the same way as she does stage design. Her purpose is to tell a story within a specific space, place or on the surface of a sheet of paper. Taking into account the spectator’s view in front of a piece of art as well as its accessibility, Lucile’s work relies upon sensory and sensitive experiences. Using black-and-white exclusively, as in 20th century graphic novels, her inspiration is eclectic and ranges from outsider art to fairground art and artists like Klinger, Navette or Blanquet. She also uses linocut to create illustrations for marketing purposes or events at the request of creative craftspeople, collectives or non-profit organisations.
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L’AVANT COURRIER 2018 by DELPHINE VAUTE
I grew up on the shores of the Loire river, observing nature and dreaming. The long summers I spent in my garden in Angers have nourished my imagination and have certainly inspired some of my graphic projects.
After studying fine arts in Angers, I have travelled down the river to Nantes where I have been living for a few years. I look for old illustration images in the showcases of the Natural History Museum or in dusty attics, using them as centrepieces of my artwork or as a medium to convey an idea or meaning.
Whether it be on a canvas, porcelain, metal plate or paper, the line is always at the heart of my research.
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L’AVANT COURRIER 2019 by JERONIMO
Although he has always been drawing, Jérôme Maillet's work is influenced by his experience as an architect. Born in 1979, he studied at Ensaama School of Art & Design in Paris and school of architecture in Nantes where he has been living since. Known as Jeronimo, he strives to pick up in his environment the element of universal significance that will enable him to create new frames of perception. The relationship between man and his environment is a key feature of the images he produces. Thereby, he delves into our collective imagery and ways of seeing oursleves in a specific space to compose new stories. Whether it be in his workshop or outdoors, his work focuses on drawing and his fields of experiments. Single or multiple drawings, scale and materials vary according to the situation. Such freedom provides the opportunity to invent a lot of collaborations.
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