The creator of more than 30 comic books, during a career spanning 30 years, Guillaume Sorel has simply lost track of time.
"I think this difficult period we're going through is also making me reassess a great many things in relation to my work. I feel a real need to approach it differently, especially as regards time management, and to take a step back for various reasons. For 30 years now, I have produced one album after another without ever really stopping."
This retrospective also marks a slight shift in favour of illustration, even though the artist insists that he is not abandoning the 9th art. "I'm going to mix things up a bit, but there will still be comics," he says.
Sorel's graphic and technical evolution is something we can clearly deduce from his work as a whole.
"I have always been fairly critical and demanding of my own work," he says. "I have always wanted to correct, and improve, but that didn't stop me heading off in lots of different directions and exploring new avenues. Always with the sense that you can progress, but ultimately convinced that you master nothing". Each time I saw myself heading in a certain direction, I knew that I couldn't go back. Sometimes you can achieve something with colour, for example, while accepting that you'll "lose out" somewhere else. Fortunately, I think that, despite everything, I've made some headway at every level," he says laughing.
The exhibition also includes plates from Sorel's most recent work - Macbeth, Roi d'Écosse, le livre des fantômes (Éditions Glénat, September 2021), the second volume of the diptych, freely adapted from Shakespeare's play.
Preview: Friday 15 October 2021 from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm, in the presence of the artist.
(Access under presentation of the Covid Safe Ticket)
Works available to view online from Saturday 16 October 2021.