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Braillon, David


SBB – CFF

David Braillon
SBB – CFF, 2001
coloured pencil and ballpoint pen on paper
29,7 x 84,3 cm
© photo credit
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Author

Braillon, David (1970), France

Biography

David Braillon (b. 1970) was born in Dreux, France, and grew up in a railway family. His father and brother were killed in motor accidents when he was a teenager. David Braillon’s fascination for trains goes back to his childhood and he would have liked to work in the railways, but failed to find a job with the French railway company. As a young man he hung around freight stations and collected railway magazines.

In 1995 he found himself in the lock-up, and spent all day and sometimes his sleepless nights drawing. He uses pieces of graph paper, which he puts together as a frieze representing army helicopters, fighter jets, and people, but his favourite subject is trains. He stacks his trains in horizontal registers in the manner of a catalogue or inventory.

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