The panoramic wallpaper "Mille Fleurs" is the fourth drawing by the artist Gaël Davrinche published by Pierre Frey. The first meeting took place in 2008 around the drawing "Toile de Joie" freely inspired by Toile de Jouy paintings "Le meunier, son fils et l'âne", "Le ballon de Gonesse" and "Don Quichote". Patrick Frey was then seduced by cartoons of wild horses harnessed in a fantastic way, followed by Les Bidules, the flagship drawing of the children's collection, for which Gaël Davrinche strives to recreate the innocence and freshness of childhood through a multitude of multicoloured pencilled characters.
Gaël Davrinche in the studio
The Pierre Frey's studio appreciates the universe of the artist who graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, his personality, his unique style of painting and called upon him to create a great contemporary floral composition for which he has a secret. Certain of the result, the creative team gave him carte blanche to interpret this imaginary garden where painting and colours are king.
He personifies painting with precision. Like a game, Gaël Davrinche’s creation suggests that painting takes precedence over the subject that cannot be played. “It’s a bit like playing chess, says the artist. As soon as a part is placed, the strategy is engaged, the image evolves”. For him, it is not the subject that is important but the painting and the way it is approached. All of Gaël Davrinche's art lies in mastering the balance between the two.
To achieve this, he immerses himself in the image. He moves barefoot on his canvas on the floor of his studio in Montreuil. He applies the colour with a brush and then works with his hands, fingers and fists, but it is his whole body that paints guided by the vibration of the colour. He stands up to appreciate the whole drawing, projects himself. He dives back in. He dances on his canvas with intensity and concentration.
Although he follows his instinct, the composition of “Mille Fleurs” is carefully thought out and structured, inspired by a book and a bouquet, worked on small preparatory canvases. However, it remains in permanent evolution according to the artist’s sensitivity at the time. The painted flowers are imaginary, none of them exist. It is up to the viewer to interpret what they represent.
This collaboration with Gaël Davrinche is characteristic of the way Pierre Frey's creative studio works with artists. Some drawings are purchased by the creative team and then recomposed to adapt them to the various technical constraints of creating fabric or wallpaper. Others, such as this particular work, are commissioned from the artist and originally planned as part of the design of a collection. This is the singular approach of the Pierre Frey studio, which since its inception, has always encouraged artists to express the best of themselves.