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 Post subject: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:24 pm 
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Hi everyone!!!

I'm not sure if anyone knows this yet, but I thought, since his artwork has touched so many lives and so many doll collectors have his creations, that I should make this post in honor of a great artist who has passed away.

From many of the things I have read on his Facebook page, people say that he loved making eyes. They say he always had an eye in his pocket to show off because he was so proud of what he had made. Being that we have always said that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. Those of you who are lucky enough to have his creations perhaps have a bit of Guy's soul still with you. I know he will be missed, and like so many other amazing artists before him his legacy will live on in the artwork he created.

I copied the following from http://makeupmag.com/featured/id/992/.

Guy Louis-XVI, the founder of make-up effects company FuseFX, died July 25 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was 57; the cause was esophageal and stomach cancer.

Louis-XVI was born in 1954 and grew up in Rockland, Ontario. He studied make-up at the Versailles Academy of Make-up Arts in Ottawa as well as teaching himself techniques. A former sign painter and auto-body shop owner, he started a make-up effects company in the early ’80s called Louis-XVI SFX, which specialized in foam-latex appliances, props and make-up for the film and television industry. The company gradually expanded to include plaster/resin composite sculptures, lifecastings and mannequins for museums and private collectors. Louis-XVI’s silicone sculptures became known throughout the museum industry and among private collectors. Louis-XVI was also a longtime exhibitor at the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show.

In 2006, Louis-XVI developed a silicone paint system called FuseFX. Originally created for the medical prosthesis field, FuseFX expanded to special make-up effects. The products have been used on films including Pacific Rim, The Hobbit, Cowboys & Aliens, Zombieland and more.

“Guy taught me many things about life and the world around me. He was full of love and graciousness,” said colleague Jason Reese, a technical sales representative with Smooth-On, Inc. “As anyone who has gone out to dinner with him, spent time with him or been the recipient of his extreme hospitality will tell you, there is no one else like him. A gifted artist and great friend, he will truly be missed.”

Said Smooth-On’s Brad Frikkers, “I can tell you from personal experience that Guy’s professional passion and love was indeed for special make-up effects. The anticipation, excitement and dedication he always displayed regarding the art of special effects in make-up applications was infectious. He held in the highest regard not only all the established masters of the industry but also all the new, young talent that he was fortunate to share his wisdom and knowledge with at many past IMATS shows. Guy was not only a student of make-up effects but also a leader, icon and an inspiration. Guy's passing is a loss for all in the industry and he will be missed dearly, but his memory and legacy will definitely live on in the minds and hearts of the many people he affected around the world.”

Added Colorado-based make-up effects artist Todd Debreceni, “I've known Guy for a number of years, and we hit it off immediately when we first met ... but Guy was like that with everyone; open and friendly and willing to share all that he knew. It is Guy’s inquisitive nature and innovative spirit that will be his legacy to our industry. He will be deeply missed; his contributions are with me in the studio everyday, therefore so is he.”

Louis-XVI is survived by his wife, Denise Mongeon, who assumes ownership of FuseFX, assisted by Kate Daley; daughters Stéphanie and Lynne; his sons-in-law and three grandchildren, and sisters Suzanne and Diane and brothers Gérald and Denis. Services will be held at the St. Laurent Chapel in Ottawa on Aug. 1. A Eucharistic celebration is planned for Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa on Aug. 2. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:41 pm 
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Very saddened to hear this.

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 Post subject: Guy Louis XVI loses battle with cancer at age 57
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:05 pm 
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Guy Louis XVI a designer and maker of beautiful eyes for mannequins and dolls has recently passed away after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

This is an article and a link (by clicking on the article) to one of the leading industry sites for Guy's line of work.
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 Post subject: Re: Guy Louis XVI loses battle with cancer at age 57
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:06 pm 
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The article can also add generosity to his list of attributes. In 2008 when I purchased Bianca she arrived with no eyes. I was told the movie producers had ordered some very expensive eyes for Bianca from Guy Louis XVI. At the time they were selling for hundreds of dollars. Guy was following TDF at the time and when he heard what had happened he contacted me. This is the post I made about it...

midiman wrote:
guylouisxvi wrote:
Sorry to hear about Bianca's missing eyes. The eyes were made by me for this film. She had 4 different looks for this film, each one looking more realistic. I think Bianca should have the eyes she had in the movie so I would like to send you a set. Could you please send me your mailing address.
Guy


Bianca and I want to thank Guy for supplying a beautiful set of eyes for Bianca. What a wonderful surprise and thoughtful gift. The eyes look so real. We are waiting for some lower eyelashes before installing her new eyes. Then we will take some new photos.

I had heard about guylouisxvi eyes from several members, but you truly have to see them to appreciate how much more realism they can add.

More on this later. Thank you so much, Guy.

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There are a few members here who are lucky enough to have Guy Louis XVI eyes for their dolls. So Guy will continue to be a part of our hobby for many years to come.



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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:14 pm 
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Thanks Keegan for posting this. Guy Louis was an icon in our community for many years.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:43 am 
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I have a pair of his eyes sitting around. Maybe when I get a doll, I can have them installed in her.
I can't believe he's gone. I remember when he was talking to the doll forum.
A few months ago, a member said that he wasn't doing well / cancer.
I used to visit his website regularly, hoping for updates.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:23 pm 
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For completeness, here is the topic I originally posted in Dolls in General:
viewtopic.php?f=87&t=42105

However, Memorials and Legends is the right place.



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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:09 pm 
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Guy :cry:

Yikes, when I was new here on this forum, Guy's eyes were a bit like a phantom, most wanted to have a pair, but only few had one. I guess now they are true collector's items. Although I liked the regular Realdoll eyes enough, I always was astonished by the details Guy's eyes offered. Those eyes will surely be missed, and the whole fine person Guy was, as well. (nice picture ! one of the few men where even I have to admin : looks good)



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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:38 pm 
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What a great sorrow this is to hear. Cancer claims another wonderful bright human being. A few years ago, I expressed my interest in creating and manufacturing a new doll to the doll community. Guy would always send PM's to me to encourage my endeavor. He took the time to explain to me the concept of intrinsic coloring to give silicone that lifelike realism that I wanted the dolls to have. He was always honest and helpful when giving me advise. I am grateful he took the time to answer all the questions that I had in my curious mind. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Dominus Vobiscum.



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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:08 pm 
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G'day everyone,...

Damn!
I am so sorry to hear this as Kaori has a set of eyes made by Guy Louis and I also have a set of light brown eyes as well.
I was going to get a set for my Wicked girls once I had them all together.
But on a less selfish note from me,...

I realy am sorry to hear this news, he had so many more years ahead of him to enjoy.
I hope he is happy and peacfull where he is now.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Wow, This is Truly a great Loss to All of us in the Arts Arena. My deepest apologies, I did not know of his passing. I have followed his tutorial videos for a couple years, & admired him VERY much. He was a true Artist. That being said, said, ..."Heaven Just got a little nicer for all of us." (mm) TM./EPS.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:46 pm 
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I used to call him from time to time and chat. I still have a few sets of his eyes. He was in close contact with the Japanese doll artist Natori and Natori visited him in Canada. I used to have a Natori doll, and sold it to a member of this forum some years back. Natori went on to make masks and may have gone out of the doll business. Guy loved his work, he sent me so many photos of his projects and now I hope I can find them. RIP dear artist.


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 Post subject: Re: Goodbye Guy Louis
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