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21 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaos 2

Chaos 2 by Yann Bagot is the second in the artist’s series of illustrated rock arrangements. To me, what’s remarkable about these stones is how alive they feel. I’m put in mind of an enormous shoulder, and a roughy, rocky arm extending from it. The precarious way the rocks have settled makes them seem about to move, just seconds from shuffling into a different shape (or all falling and losing their positions entirely). There’s a real play between strength and weakness, of weight and lightness. And with those subtle textures filling each stone, there’s something to see everywhere you look.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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14 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaos 1

Chaos 1 by Yann Bagot is one of those rare designs that works well even within tight printing restraints. Because of the tension between the balancing rocks and the open air at the top and bottom, the sharp way the art cuts off at the sides adds to the drama of the piece and makes the arrangement of stones look even more precarious. The realism of the rocks comes through loud and clear because of their delicate, moss-like textures, with shadowing that contributes both dimension and the feel of a bright, oppressive sun shining on the structure. I love the way the weight of the piece is carried high, leaving the viewer to feel like they’re watching a slow avalanche in process. It’s dramatic, and in black and white it’s also beautifully sophisticated.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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04 May 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Peignons les Roses en Rouge

Peignons les Roses en Rouge by Amandine Meyer stands out in a big way due to its innovative style. While I’ve seen a lot of watercolor shirts, I’ve never seen one use the technique in quite this way. Splitting the art into shards that come to a point in the center, each slice has a different coloring. Because these pieces are all filled with watercolor, there’s some really beautiful fading and soft edges were sections meet, creating a design that feels like looking into the distance through colorful stained glass. An interesting aspect of the artwork is that it’s not just the colors that shift as the section changes, elements can also disappear at those edges. It makes the figure of the girl in the center, whose presence is always consistent, feel even more like a focal point, a traveller through a chaotic (but beautiful) landscape.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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27 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Partition et le Chien Cheval

Partition et le Chien Cheval by Amandine Meyer is wonderfully weird, a colorful tangle of elements that keeps the viewer guessing. I like the way that the art teases the viewer throughout the piece by transforming elements, such as the way the rear of a horse morphs into the front of a dog. Even the horse’s tail isn’t immune to the evolution, with part of it combining with a leg while the rest becomes a branch. Color choices further toy with our expectations by using similar shades in proximity to create moments of confusion, as seen in the way the woman’s leg turns red as it nears the horse’s red leg. The result is a unique, colorful jumble that feels more like a collage of fairy tale elements than a traditional illustration, but it’s so strange I find it hard to look away from. No matter where you look, there’s something interesting to discover.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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20 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Loup Loup

Loup Loup by Amandine Meyer is one of the coolest shirt designs I’ve seen in awhile. What speaks to me about this piece is the abundance of color and the frantic, crowded environment it creates. Each strange plant feels like imagination blossoming, and it’s all made even better by the strange, cartoony human-like figure who frolics within the chaos. With his little hat and large spoon, he’s already a bit of an odd character even before you spot what looks like a tail peeking from between blades of grass. This design feels like a page torn out of an especially eccentric children’s picture book, carrying that vibe of adventure and exploration. I suspect it’s the kind of artwork that has so much going on you’re still discovering new things in the illustration after you’ve worn the shirt many times. And how great are those soaring birds at the top? They add some height to the design, and the uneven nature of the top of the art helps the cropped bottom and sides to communicate vastness just out of eyeshot.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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13 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Ptite Cruche

PTITE CRUCHE by Amandine Meyer immediately grabbed my attention with its bright and eclectic color palette. In this design, pockets of watercolor bump and ooze into each other constantly, creating a technicolor shimmer that projects rainbow shades on every inch of the artwork. It’s a playful look that gives the art a childlike feeling, and pairs well with the awkward, loose lines of the drawing. The face on the jug is especially nice, eyes pointing to the sky with an almost cloying innocence that reflects the youthful imagination displayed elsewhere, like in the pair of elephants resting on the character’s shoulder. This is strange stuff, but it’s never scary- it feels like looking at a better, brighter, and more fun past, the kind of childhood that only has sunny days.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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06 April 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Simon Sans Sa Cigarette

Simon Sans Sa Cigarette by Amandine Meyer is the kind of wacky, imaginative artwork I love to see on a shirt. It’s a unique landscape scene, appearing at first to be a simple cabin by a mountain at sunset… until you spot the closed eyes, arm and legs that mark that cottage as a strange creature, dozing away. Making the main character asleep reinforces the dream-like feel of the concept, and invites the viewer to wonder what will happen when the being wakes up. But what really works about this design for me is that it’s not purely about the house gag, it also allows the mountains in the background to have an intensely speckled style, creating a strange artistic texture so complex it keeps drawing my eye back towards it. That area of intensity helps ground the more simple style of the rest, and gives the design an aura of sophistication.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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