2011 National Arts Festival à
L’illustrateur français Loustal est invité au plus grand festival artistique
du continent africain : le National Arts Festival.
Illustration de Loustal.
Loustal va se rendre au National Arts Festival qui rassemble chaque année
des artistes sud-africains et internationaux et des milliers de
festivaliers. Dans le cadre de cet évènement, Loustal participe à des
discussions de groupe et expose ses Carnets de Voyage au sein de
l’exposition CO/MIX : Comic Art / Mixed Media 2011.
Organisée par Andy Mason, Pete Woodbridge et Elaine Woodbridge, CO/MIX :
Comic Art / Mixed Media est une exposition innovante regroupant les œuvres
de vingt-six artistes sud-africains et quatre artistes internationaux (y
compris Loustal, Ephameron de Belgique, Erik Kriek des Pays-Bas et JP
Kalonji de Suisse), chacun impliqué dans certains aspects de la bande
dessinée et la sculpture.
Jacques de Loustal.
Créé en 1974, le National Arts Festival est devenu au cours des années le
festival artistique le plus reconnu du continent africain. Durant 11 jours,
la petite ville de Grahamstown accueillera des centaines d’évènements
artistiques en tous genres : théâtre, musique, danse, expositions,
spectacles de rues, marchés d’artisanat et beaucoup plus.
Loustal est invité au National Arts Festival à Grahamstown avec le soutien
de l’Institut français en Afrique du Sud, l’ambassade de France en Afrique
du Sud et l’Institut français.
COMICS ACROSS THE OCEANS
Age restrictions: All ages
Friday 1 July 3:00 pm @ Ntsikana Gallery
1 July - ‘Comics Across The Oceans’, a panel discussion between renowned
international comic artists Jacques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium)
and South African comic artists, facilitated by Andy Mason. Loustal is
famous for his richly illustrated travel journals, while Ephameron has
created a series of drawings which construct a comparative visual
iconography of everyday life in Belgium and South Africa. (15:00-16:30)
Main / Art Walkabout
Take a stroll around this stimulating and unusual exhibition with Jaques de
Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium) and SA CO/MIX artists.
CO/MIX 2011 is an innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans
and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art
CO/MIX is concerned with comic art as an aesthetic form and a narrative
platform. It leapfrogs over the barricades that once defended fine art from
pop culture, bringing cartoon images onto canvas and fine art works onto
usable, wearable surfaces.
Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement,
CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art with political and underground
cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street,
hip hop, indie craft and graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate
concern for aesthetic integrity in
the creation of unique art objects.
Age restrictions: 13
Wednesday 8 July 11:30 am @ Thomas Pringle Hall
Friday 1 July 11:30 am @ Thomas Pringle Hall
I first saw artwork by Jacques de Loustal at one of the Comics
exhibitions in Cape Town, a few years back. Alongside his comic
he is renowned for his travel journals, and his richly coloured
exotic locales stuck in my mind. A few months ago, an official
in the French
Embassy, Guy de la Chevallerie, got in touch with me to tell me
exciting Loustal travel journal project to be hosted as part of
Season, to be held in SA in the second half of 2012. The first
part of this
project, he told me, would involve Loustal coming to South
Africa for a couple
of weeks in 2010 to make a travel journal about his visit. This
would then be
published and launched next year as part of the French season in
Great, I replied. Why doesn’t he participate in our Co/Mix
we were at that moment planning. And so it came to be. Loustal
is such an
incredibly high-profile, busy artist that we haven’t as yet had
with him, but what is obvious from the numerous blog posts about
him is that
he seems to travel more or less non-stop, making art and being
wherever he goes.
Here’s some info about him, gleaned from various online sources.
Born in Neuilly, a suburb of Paris, in 1956, Loustal got
involved in illustrating Les
Humanoïdes Associés (United
rock & folk ‘zines and posters while an architecture student in
the early ‘70s.
He became friends with the writer Philippe Paringaux, and they
working as an artist/writer team on comic projects. At around
Paringaux and Loustal started producing comics for Métal Hurlant
Metal), the French adult comic magazine specialising in weird SF
sex and existentialism. Launched in 1974, and created by a
collective of avant
garde comic artists known as
including Jean Giraud (better known as Mœbius) and Philippe
Hurlant was very much the ‘in’ ‘zine on the French BD scene in
In 1977, Métal Hurlant arrived in the English-speaking world as
(Sadly, the version that exists today is a miserable shadow of
the original mag
of the late ‘70s and 80s.)
From 1984 Loustal became a frequent contributor to the monthly À
which he created ‘Coeurs de Sable’, ‘Barney et la Note Bleue’,
Homme Romantique’ and ‘Kid Congo’. Throughout the 1980s and
published numerous albums in which his work was collected.
Loustal describes himself as ‘an obsessive traveller’ and has
in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean, recording his
a succession of travel journals. Besides comics, Loustal has
also had an
extensive career in illustration.
His Co/Mix contribution consists of 12 small original drawings,
in pen and
ink and colour, documenting scenes and moments from his travels
the world. He will be visiting Cape Town and Grahamstown from 25
until early July. Stay tuned to this blog for opportunties to
meet the great BD