FRIDAY, JULY 26, 5-7PM
JULY 24 – AUGUST 7, 2019
Honoring the Feminine: Bronze Sculptor Guilloume Presents Exhibition of Female Figurative Sculpture at Pippin Contemporary
Santa Fe, NM (March 25, 2019): Guilloume is an impassioned artist known for work that explores the depth of human relationships, from intimate moments to everyday interactions. Faceless yet full of expression, his bronze figures are pared down to simplistic forms and subtle gestures that indicate a vast range of emotion. For his upcoming exhibition at Pippin Contemporary, Guilloume honors the women in his life – and women everywhere – with an exhibition of female figurative sculptures that signify the strength, struggles and triumphs of womanhood. Emergence opens at Pippin Contemporary on Friday, July 26th from 5-7pm.
Guilloume’s personal relationships provide ample inspiration for his work, from his upbringing in Colombia with nineteen siblings to his cherished partnership with wife Gladys. Respect and adoration of the feminine, particularly in reference to his wife and mother, is a consistent thread through Guilloume’s artwork, evident through the curved lines and rounded shapes of his “bolismo” style as well as the heartfelt narratives that accompany each piece. Emergence is the artist’s first exhibition, however, to have a sole, celebratory focus on the woman.
“As both an artist and an advocate of women's rights, the women in my life have been an enormous inspiration to me. Among my earliest memories, my mother, Aurita, stands out as a model of hard work and courage. My dear wife, Gladys, has, over the years managed to simultaneously display great strength, radiance and tenderness. Emergence stands as my homage to the struggle for equality experienced by women around the world. It was not so long ago that women here in America were not guaranteed the constitutional right to vote—let alone run for political office. Despite the progress that has been made, the average woman continues to be paid, on average, less than her male counterpart, so there is still a way to go.
Some very strong women have served as role models in my life and I have complete confidence that one day women will achieve universal equality. With appreciation and respect, I dedicate Emergence to the women of the world.”
This narrative statement by Guilloume accompanies the title piece for the show, which sparked the exhibition’s wider theme. Emergence is a tabletop sculpture consisting of four female figures rising from a granite base, each one expanding in size and stature with varied patina. Other pieces in the exhibition offering various expressions of the female form include “The World at Your Fingertips,” a gracefully arched figure inspired by the words of poet Mary Angelou, and “Balancing Act,” in which a female figure balances a red sphere on her head.
Guilloume grew up in Medellin, Colombia, where he attended the prestigious Bellas Artes Institute. He moved with his wife to Los Angeles in 1984 and settled in New Mexico a few years later. He began his art career in 1975 and has exhibited his work all over the world, including the Museum of the Royal Houses in the Dominican Republic. Guilloume’s sixth book, “The House of the Artist,” was recently released and will be available at the artist’s exhibition opening at Pippin Contemporary.
Pippin Contemporary, founded in May 2011 by artist Aleta Pippin, is located in the heart of the historic Canyon Road art district in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gallery is committed to showing art that is fresh and vibrant, as well as collectible. Pippin Contemporary artists provide visitors with a “sensory experience of color and mood” through vivid portrayals of personal expression.
-Kelly Carper, Arts Writer