since June, 20th 2019

Samplerman !


Yvan Guillo, alias Samplerman, received the 2019 EESI prize (European Superior Picture School of Angoulême). This year, the Fondation d’entreprise Martell sponsors this award and offers the winning artist to create a huge installation for its edifice in Cognac. All over the windows of the monumental stairs, Samplerman achieved five bespoke illustrations, the biggest being 4-meter-high and 2-meter-large. In the end, the windows were turned into colored and surprising stained glasses. From inside, these drawings display various motifs the artist uses in his numerical collages, borrowed from the late twentieth century comics. From outside, as night falls, the illustrations transform into backlit beacon – to the passerby, they show the way up to the panoramic bar, on the Foundation’s 24-meter-high rooftop.

Samplerman is one of the numerous pseudonym Yvan Guillo chose to sign his comics. Born in 1971, he studied applied arts and didn’t wait to publish his comics: he created his own fanzine – Crachoir, which randomly appears since 1992. He also used another pseudonym, Yvang, to publish comics in small magazines such as Strong (FR), L’Horreur est Humaine (FR), Gorgonzola (FR), Que Suerte (ES). He diversifies technics and styles, he gives advantage to experiment and tries his hand at strip in local press or at blog publication since 2005.

Since 2013, his “Samplerman” collages, first seen of Tumblr, seem to draw the public’s attention so that this parallel activity becomes, step by step, his main artistic occupation. These digitally designed pages bring him orders for covers, posters, record sleeves and video animation.