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 Guillaume Azoulay  (1949 - )

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Lived/Active: California / Israel      Known for: abstract painting, works on paper, drawing, etching

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Biography from American Design Ltd.:
Guillaume Azoulay was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1949. Since age thirteen, Azoulay’s thirst for adventure has taken him to many parts of the world, earning his way by painting and performing as an actor. 

Azoulay met his wife Charmine Seal, noted Welsh ballerina, in Israel, and in 1976 they arrived in the United States.  In this short time span, Azoulay has worked to establish himself as an American etcher.

In 1983, Azoulay was chosen to create the official Kentucky Derby Festival Poster.  He was challenged by the thought of creating image that combined his love of horses with the excitement of the world’s greatest horse races. His latest series of etchings are intended to capture the spirit and vitality of racing’s most important competitions: Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont.

Included in the artist’s achievements are the acceptance of seven of his works in the permanent collection of the Musee Du Louvre (Cabinet Des Dessins). His work is in the private collections of President Ronald Reagan, His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco, President Francois Mitterand of France and the late President Sadat of Egypt. Several works by Azoulay are in the Nelson Rockefeller Collection.

An early critique of Azoulay’s said of him that he is “a young man whose varied and prolific work lets us predict a very bright future.” (Mr. Daniel Serrulaz Chief Curator Musee Du Louvre, 1978)

Major Exhibits:
Rome Biennale, Rome, Italy 1965
Cassa Panca Gallery, Sardinia, Italy 1969
Huset Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 1970
Gallerie Orphee II, Paris, France 1973
Centre Culturel Juif, Paris, France 1975
Cassidy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico 1978
Galerie La Fenetre, Houston, Texas 1978
Wash’Art, Washington, D.C. 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
American Design, New Orleans, Louisiana 1979
Lake Gallery, Tahoe City, California 1979,1980
Union Art Gallery, San Francisco, California 1979
Fallen Leaf Gallery, Reno, Nevada 1979, 1980
Gallery One, Denver, Colorado 1979
Richard Mann Gallery, Los Angeles, California 1979
Prints 800, Los Angeles, California 1980
Towne Plaza Gallery, Beverly Hills, California 1981
Towne Plaza Gallery, Mission Viejo, California 1981
New York Art Show, New York, New York 1981
Art Expo West, Los Angeles, California 1981
Hanson Galleries, New Orleans, Louisiana 1981
Gallery One, Cherry Creek, Denver, Colorado 1981,1983
John Miller Gallery, Carmel, California 1981
Art Expo, San Francisco, California 1981
Martha White Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky 1983

Biography from GallArt.com:
Guillaume Azoulay (Morocco, b. 1949)

Guillaume Azoulay, a self-taught artist, was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1949. His parents settled in Paris when Azoulay was ten and by the age of thirteen, he was sketching and selling his drawings on the streets and planning his career as an artist. As Azoulay met people from various parts of the world, his interest in traveling grew and when he was fourteen he left home and hitchhiked across Europe and the Middle East. His desire to see and be part of the life, history and beauty of the world took him from Copenhagen to Rome, from Lisbon to Jerusalem. Azoulay made the world his university, people were his main subject with their joys and pains and ways of life. Guillaume became fluent in five languages.

Eventually, Azoulay settled in Israel in 1967 where he applied to Betzalel, the Middle East’s most famous art academy. They rejected his application but this did not deter Azoulay from continuing his studies. Azoulay studied drama and graduated as an actor. Azoulay appeared in the Israeli production of the rock musical Hair as well as other shows on the Israeli stage. Unable to share his time fully between the theater and painting, Azoulay chose the expression of visual art.

After moving several times Azoulay settled in California in March of 1976 where he now lives with his family. Azoulay’s wife is Charmaine Seal, a noted ballerina, yet another one of Azoulay’s favorite subjects in his artwork. They have two sons Lawrence and Arnoud, and daughter Ondine who is the subject of an etching that is part of the collection of the Bibliotheque National Du Louvre in Paris.

The brilliance of Azoulay’s art centers on his ability to convey the purity of line to create strong illusions of fluid motion and life. Line is the key element of design in Azoulay’s artwork. It is through his organic line that Azoulay creates balance, harmony, contrast, and the illusion of depth and movement in each one of his compositions.

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