Here is an original tribute to the men and women who defend French territory and interests around the world! All in the form of a notebook of firsthand accounts, penned by the artist Lapin.
The notebook: a format that is both authentic and original for a collection that puts people in the spotlight! And the artist Lapin is highly adept at this format, often walking the streets of big cities in search of inspiration and whose preferred media are old accounting ledgers found at the flea market! “Paris je t’aime” is one of his most famous works.
For this endeavor, the “mobile artist” set out to paint the portrait of those who are the backbone of the “Made in France” air force and who help defend the country and spread French influence: pilots, mechanics, instructors, aerial firefighters, as well as commando gunners, air traffic controllers and more.
To accomplish this, the artist traveled to the air bases of Saint-Dizier, Orléans and Evreux, pencil in hand. At these sites usually reserved for service members, he shared in the daily routine of Rafale and A400 pilots, visiting the hangars and venturing out onto the tarmac to capture and document the inner workings of these places which are vital to anyone in the French Air Force. What was the result, in the end? A work both human and original!
Book: “Aviateurs : Carnet de l’Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace.” Author: Lapin. Editions Privat. ISBN: 978-2-7089-6265-1