French painter Claude Gilli has developed what must be one of the slowest art forms.?
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SV Artist Gilli takes snails from box, puts them on tray
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TV Snails "painting" (2 shots)
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SV Gilli signing painting, PULL OUT TO snails still working
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Background: French painter Claude Gilli has developed what must be one of the slowest art forms. His work proceeds at a snail's pace: and no wonder, because he uses snails to produce his art.
Gilli places the snails on blobs of paint, and then sets them down on paper. The snails crawl wherever fancy, or artistic inspiration, take them, and Gilli sings the resulting painting with his own name. The snails do not share in the profits -- and sometimes Gilli eats them to gain inspiration for his own work.
Gilli started working with snails last year. He got the original idea in a Nice market, when he saw snails crawling from a basket and leaving a pattern of trails.
He says the paint has no detrimental effect on the snails. Certainly the snails are having no detrimental effect on his career, judging by the number of snail-works he has sold.
SYNOPSIS: Even a snail's best friend couldn't call him the most attractive creature on earth. So what's this one dong in an artist's studio?
He and his colleagues aren't there as models, but as artists. At least, they are with a little help from French painter Claude Gilli. He introduces them to art by first standing them on a blob of paint.
Now, lesson two. Gilli puts the snails on a sheet of paper. Note the look of inspiration -- or is it bewilderment?- on each snail's face. They're off. But it's not a race. Nothing so athletic. They are free to wander wherever their inspiration takes them.
The work produced in this fashion has a modern rather than a traditional or impressionist style.
And while landscape artists on portraitists have nothing to worry about, critic say some modern artists might not like the competition. Gilli signs all the snails' work himself. They don't get any of the credit. In fact helping Gilli is rather a dangerous occupation. He occasionally eats his assistants to give himself further inspiration.