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I was born on October 3, 1949 in Avignon, and I have painted for about 15 years. I am an autodidact, and my style is essentially  academic, romantic, and influenced by  the past. My paintings, of a rigorous precision, are carried out with very fine brushes, sometimes with the magnifying glass.

My subjects are landscapes, street or interior scenes, as well as portraits.
My collection is made of copies of ancient masters, restylized in detail,  but also exact copies of  originals.  My canvas supports are big sized, prepared and tended on frame by myself. 
My technique consists in first drawing the subjects on paper, then applying  the cut out model  to the canvas in order to trace its contours. Then, I cut inside the model to carry out the interior features, and in the end I reconstitute the paper subject by resticking the parts. (Note: These models are offered with the bought paintings).

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To define myself, in all modesty, I would say that I am rather multipurpose, and it is so far my big and only chance, which I owe to my late mother, who also had multiple talents.

However, for me, it was not always thus. As a child, my drawings were rather bad, like often at this age. Later, I discovered my talent as an industrial designer, by reproducing old cars, as well as vapor locomotives (my two great passions), according to photographs, and served by a rather fertile imagination in regard to the technical details…

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At that time, I excelled in geometrical drawing, without having studied it, but I did not think I could have the same talent in perspective drawing (which was not used in my geometrical “plan” drawings), until the day when, leafing through an old “Spirou” comic strip, I fell on a drawing of “Boule and Bill” which spoke to me, asking me to reproduce it… what I made successfully at my great surprise! This was like a revelation. I did not know that I knew (drawing)…
Since, I never stopped practising in this way, progressively proving that training is not a sine qua non condition…

I also for a time created metal or wood models of trains and other machines, on basis of simple photographs, and with rather convincing results…

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I also wrote a scenario for a TV movie, likely to draw the attention of some director, inspired by the tragic (and quite real) death of a young man whom I knew. This loss made me imagine a story mixing reality and fiction… This writing just requires to be read. It talks about human ingratitude, but also of nobility of soul…


As I formerly mentioned, I have worked on restylized copies of ancient masters. For example Vincent Van Gogh's “Potato Eaters”: my painting is of the same size than the original; the difference is in the character's sizes (those are twice smaller...). Add to that the resolutely academic style…
Another example: the selfportrait of the same Vincent, larger than the original (which is very small), also painted in academic style.
Also: the very famous “Dairywoman”, a quite exact copy, but 4 times larger.
As well as the “Flight into Egypt”, exact but increased nearly 10 times.

Vincent Van Gogh - Les Mangeurs de Pommes de Terre _ Vincent Van Gogh - Autoportrait _ Johannes Vermeer - La Laitière _ Rembrandt - La Fuite en Egypte

My reproductions may thus be considered as “alternative reproductions” rather than just “exact copies”...

My other works are most often inspired by black and white lithographies or drawings, which I considerably oversize and colour. Therefore they may be considered as an entirely new pictorial matter.

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I wish you an excellent journey visiting my virtual gallery…

Do not hesitate to contact me and let me know about your reflexions, critics, proposals…
Sincerely yours ____________ Gérard Grallié ___Gérard Grallié

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