Gilbert Legrand, the creator of “deviated objects”
Gilbert Legrand, graduated in Plastic Arts and Design in Paris, lives and works in Toulouse, is a unique painter-sculptor: he likes to reveal the secret life of small things. Designer by training, he has designed more than 400 unique pieces, using gear, tools or objects of daily use, which he transforms through the magic of his brush. It produces illustrations in volume, having as a starting point, everyday objects deviated into poetic and funny characters. For 10 years, driven by the passion for this second activity, he regularly exhibits his unusual and wonderful objects in art centers throughout France.
The French artist Gilbert Legrand creates “deviated objects”, that is, he collects everyday objects, modifies them and transforms them into something alive, into friendly characters. It is a detail of an object, which awakens his imagination and gives life to his creations. Guided by the object and his imagination, Legrand transforms a pair of scissors into a passionate pair and creates a super secret agent on a hinge. Taps, rulers and forks: nothing escapes the artist’s creativity. His work resembles surrealist paintings, where a playful and creative aspect transforms everyday objects into sculptures of characters, simply by painting. He can easily perceive funny situations, in everything he sees. Create funny stories with a little imagination, turning, for example, a wrench into a fox or scissors into a kissing couple. Each object has a detail that the artist will highlight, like a “visual gag” as he himself explains.