Everyday Art – French artist transforms mundane things into amazing art

Everyday art is how mundane things can be transformed into something astonishingly spectacular. French artist Gilbert Legrand, not only observes characters or faces in everyday objects, but he transforms them into playful characters or animals by painting them or modifying them. With his artist’s eye and artistic hands, he gives a new life to these mundane objects.
Legrand lets his whimsical vision and active imagination soar by painting teeny-weeny details onto these objects. It is like you always thought you saw a face in a particular object and Wham! It is really there. With his flight of fancy, blades of scissors can be lovers (Ironic!), a paintbrush can become an injured fox or a boy with a weird hairstyle, a faucet can become a lady, pliers can become a player catching a ball, a tissue box can be a man, and a juicer can be a woman emerging from a swimming pool.

Besides creating tiny sculptures and playful characters, Legrand works as a freelance illustrator and advertiser. For the past 10 years, driven by the passion of everyday art, he regularly exhibits his sculptures in art centers across France. His work has also been published in Editions Sarbacane books “The Grand Show of Small Things ” and “The Little Things in New York”

Check out more of his work that turns ordinary objects of the everyday life of people into playful characters at his Facebook Page and his website.


1. Body Building Wrench

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2. Lion

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3. The King of Hearts

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4. The Hang(er) Man driving the car

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5. Chief of the Tribe

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6. The Hockey Player

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7. The Saw Horse

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8. The Concrete Alligator

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9. Mangled Fox

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10. Angry Platypus

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11. Woman emerging from a pool

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12. Dog on a leash

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13. The Hang(er) man driving the car yet again

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14. The cork screw

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15. The Paintbrush

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16. Dog wearing a cap

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17. Jolly,  the mouse

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18. Lovers

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19. Electric cow

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20. Suicidal Tendency

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21. The Corkscrew Diva


22.  The walking dog

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23. The pipe breaks

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24. Dice mining

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25. The Animal Kingdom

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26. The body builder

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27. The spigot model

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28. Scissor Girls

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29. The fruit peeler

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30. Funnel pure and wise thoughts

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31. The Dandelion Man

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32. The Gold Spigot Model

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33. The Cleaning Superhero

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34. Egg Crate Racing

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35. Oops, someone pull the curtain or shut the door

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36. The Chinese Kung Fu Masters

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37. The Security Agents

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38. Miss Handsaws

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39. The measuring tape men

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40. The philosophy of small jet-setter

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41. Amorous Scissors (Ironic!)

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42. The sad tissue man

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43. The Eagle

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44. The Clever Fox

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45. Bush Cutting

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46. The Dancer

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47. Running Spigots

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48. The Shady Salesman

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49. The Crybaby

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50. The Capper

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51. Hiding under the plank

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52. Bookworm

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53. The Boxer

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54.  The Flying Crate

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55. The Singing Saucepan

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56. This is the Spring

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57. The Forked Biker

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58. The Forked Boy and Dog

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59. The Electric Man

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60. The Domino Effect

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61. Chillin’ out

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62. The Pipe wrench

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63. The Man on Fire

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64. The Loving Dog

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65. Loving Spoonfull

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66. The Gardener

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67. The Scissors Spider

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68. The Vengeance of the Mosquito

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These fun characters are so simple and yet so amazing.

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