If you could mix Warhol’s pop art with a splash of Dali for that surreal effect and a shot of Picasso then you are part of the way in attempting to define the art of Gael Froget.
Gael hails from Mauritius and is one of the most well known and respected artists in his country with exhibitions well attended and commented on all over the world. His work is so well thought of that he has been given the honour of being represented in Europe by the Bel-Air Fine Art Contemporary Galleries. When you consider that at just 30 years of age his art is being showcased alongside such well known contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst, Salvador Dali, Antoine Rose and Banksy, then you can rest assured you will be hearing the name of Gael Froget from mainstream sources in the very near future.
The fact that his work seems to stray from the mainstream and has been called grotesque, scandalous and fun makes his approach to his art vandalism even more exciting. He is even called the ‘Master Vandaliser’ from his own studio, art gallery and workshop, Bactory, in Mauritius.
Bactory is described on Gael Froget’s website by Stacy Février as,
‘The studio is an experience in itself; an immersion into Gael’s urban, pop art and primitive universe. “Home of Art Vandalism and [un]mindful experimentation”, as defined by the Master Vandalizer himself.
More than his work-space, Gael sees Bactory as a place for creation, artistic experiments and experiences.’
When you look at Gael’s art you can experience the rawness of his emotions bursting from the canvas and it is this authenticity that his admirers and art critics love. He manages to convey a certain naivety to dark, disturbing and sometimes taboo subjects that allow discussion and create a starting point for conversations about the focal points and ideas behind his work. Gael’s homage to Andy Warhol in his simply titled, ‘Andy’ is a work based on Warhol’s ‘Self Portrait With Polaroid Camera (Eyes Closed)’ and Gael manages to enhance, or damage, this iconic picture according to your viewpoint on his style. And this is what I think makes his work so worthy of international recognition. He has that sought after ability to make people talk about his work. Some people love it, some people can’t understand it, and as I said earlier, some people find it grotesque.
His wicked sense of humour comes across in his cartoonesque ‘Fat’ series of images. The almost childlike way in which some of the most famous cartoon characters have been given the ‘fat’ treatment cannot fail to raise a smile, although I must admit that his interpretation of Snow White in ‘Fat Snow’ I do find a little unsettling and makes me think of the wonderful character as a horror creature.
Take a look for yourself at his work on his excellent web site www.gaelfroget.com and also the wide collection of images across tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and of course the Bactory page on Facebook.
I wonder of you will agree with me on my own opinions of ‘Fat Snow’?