I have discovered recently in an exhibition in Le Corbusier’s church in Firminy, next to Saint Etienne in France, the protean work of Henri Guérin, an artist/craftsman who revolutionised the art of stained glass (using slabs of glass and ciment) as well as the one of tapestry (creating amazing shadings, colour and light effects) in the 70s. I can hear you, I know you are telling yourself that I have got a thing right now for anything coming from the seventies. But I feel the excitement of a gold digger. None of these artists are famous yet, even though they are brilliant.
His considerable stained glass body of work contains more than 600 references, located in religious buildings, civil buildings, private homes and public places. It can be found mainly in France but also abroad (Switzerland, Canada, United States, Japan, Cameroon, etc.) Henri Guérin uses a technique of broken glass slabs joint with cement. He used glass slabs of all shades, mostly from the furnaces of the Albertini factory in Montigny-les-Cormeilles (France). The size and the thickness of the slabs create subtle shading of tones (that are also in his tapestry). He uses a very fine mass-coloured cement joint.
Drawings and tapestries
His work also includes an important set of works on paper (gouaches and drawings in Indian ink) and fifty or so Aubusson tapestries made by the Pinton workshops in Felletin (France).