Totem masque ngil (brun)

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Technique
Ink drawing
Type
One of a kind work
Material
Paper
Dimensions
20 x 29 cm
Framing
Yes (37 x 47 cm)
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This India ink totem pole was made after the discovery of a Fang mask, originally from Gabon, owned by the secret society of the Ngil until 1910, at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. These elongated masks, covered with light kaolin, were used to fight against magical practices and bring order to the villages.

As always, there are many things dancing in the head of this mischievous portrait, reflecting the magical charge that Art Brut infuses into Gwendoline Finaz de Villaine’s drawings. The two-colour process and the free variations of grey, which "do as they please" depending on the amount of diluted water, are retained. The frame is made of light wood, the background of the matt brown glue.

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Gwendoline Finaz de Villaine

Emerging artist Emerging artist

41 fans

GARCHES (92), FRANCE

32 works

Gwendoline Finaz de Villaine is a writer, singer and painter. A former student of Radio France, Sciences Po Paris and HEC, she has worked with Michel Fugain, Elie Chouraqui, Roger Louret and Jean-Claude Camus. She has sung at Folies Bergère, Le Zénith, for M6, France Télévisions and in several musicals in Paris.

At the same time, she wrote a historical and fantastic three-volume saga, "Les Brumes de Grandville", and published a fourth novel in January 2019, "De poudre, de cendre et d’or", by French Pulp Éditions. His painting is a paper music, influenced by his stage experience, cubism, surrealism and African art.

Passionate about the 1920s period, she likes to conversate her "unconscious in the open air" with totems in Indian ink and jugs dancing; we find the influence of Cocteau, Picasso, Gio Ponti and the African masks that are dear to her.

"I never know where a painting will take me and I am always surprised by the final result, which appears before my eyes as a premonition, a message from the afterlife. »

"In my life, I have always been in search of freedom, and the most absolute freedom is painting. »

"I am fascinated by the masks and the magical charge of African art. »

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