"Hi, My name is Guillaume Bonamy, a French citizen living in Oslo, Norway.
I have roamed the Earth for ten years now, recording all the beauty it deigns to share. Be it just round the corner or around a mountainside, in the heart of a forest or the bowels of a casino, I take note of those moments of shared joy, sorrow, of discoveries and meetings.
Guided by nature for the choice of tools, media, supports and composition, for the most appropriate means to maintain our dialogue and record my impressions. Each moment, each place unique, with its own particular language that I try to put down on paper by drawing or painting. From California to Hawaii, France, Spain, Germany, Malaysia or Norway I recorded, translated and interpreted.
I have lived in Oslo since April 2008. Here, life is characterised by a contrasting nature and changing climate. The topics are varied, and you have to learn patience to catch each moment in order to tame this city. The many activities on offer in Oslo are often linked to nature, and the sketches do not escape this rule.
From the marina that wakes from its winter sleep in April, to the sound of the repairing of ship hulls, the cross-country ski trails directly accessible from the city's metro line, the bars with their terraces full of people in summer, and even in wintertime, when the customers keep warm will under blankets, the colourful islands around the city front or the fjord with its permanent flow of sea traffic, Oslo lives, and every day I discover a little more."
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
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