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Jean-francois Debongnie

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Lobby Of One Burlington Woods Drive
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
United States

Company Description: Ode To Art has also been involved in bringing the artists she represents to many international Art Museums, including Fan Shaohua solo exhibition in Beijing Art...   more
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Employment History

  • Self-Taught Artist
  • Ink & Blossoms
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Jean-Francois Debongnie, born 1968, is a native of Brussels,and has spent close to two decades in Asia. Since 1989, Jean-Francois has been residing in Singapore and initially eked out his living as a photographer, specializing in black and white photography. However, painting has always beena first love for him, and a life-changing trip to Vietnam in 1990 made him pick up the brush again and he has not stopped painting since.
The art of Jean-Francois Debongnie, like the man himself, bridges two worlds. This is not so much a gradual process of acclimatisation and cultural assimilationas the realisation of an almost intuitive empathy for Asia, which he had nurtured since childhood.
As far as his actual painting methods are concerned, Jean-Francois always works on the floor of his studio. He never makes preparatory sketches; the whole process is rather spontaneous. Jean-Francois simply spreads the canvas on the floor and then works on his knees, rather like one of the New York Action painters in the 1950s - Jackson Pollack or William de Kooning.
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Only after the painting is complete does Jean-Francois transfer the canvas to a stretcher.
A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois initially used acrylic paint in his works, before falling in love with the medium of Chinese ink. The Chinese ink he uses is applied with a pipette and is a special type of ink that does not flake after a thick application dries. He has always painted on the floor, on his knees, with his canvas spread on the ground. His backgrounds comprises up to eight or nine layers of acrylic and sometimes, to add interesting patterns, he uses a sponge or texture paste.
His works explore flowers in various forms of representation, simply because he finds flowers a fascinating subject to explore. He started out with representational flowers and this has evolved into more abstract representations. Throughout the evolution of the floral representations, their overall impression has been one of movement where the fluid stems of the flowers give the impression that the flowers are dancing on the canvas in a celebration of life. His works are at once vibrant and contemporary, with a cosmopolitan feel that would enliven any living space.
"It's all just playing with water and ink", Jean-Francois modestly professes, but of course it's a lot more than just that. His paintings are all about subtleties - he has painted the same theme over and over again and it is in the subtle nuances that his art lies.
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Debongnie explores flowers in various forms of representation, simply because he finds flowers a fascinating subject to explore. He started out with representational flowers and this has evolved into more abstract representations.
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Jean-Francois Debongnie, born 1968, a native of Brussels, has been resident in Singapore since 1989. A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois favours large canvases on which he explores the themes that inspire him in series such as "Red flowers", "Summer", "Dancing in the wind", "Landscape - China".
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In another ongoing series - "White Flowers" and "Chinese Landscape", Debongnie has chosen a more muted palette of greys, chalk, cream which both blend and contrast beautifully with the Chinese ink.
Jean-Francois Debongnie - Lucy B Campbell Fine Art Gallery
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Debongnie, born 1968, is a native of Brussels, and has spent close to two decades in Asia. Since 1989, Jean-Francois has been residing in Singapore and initially eked out his living as a photographer, specializing in black and white photography. However, painting has always been a first love for him, and a life-changing trip to Vietnam in 1990 made him pick up the brush again and he has not stopped painting since.
A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois initially used acrylic paint in his works, before he fell in love with the medium of Chinese ink. The Chinese ink he uses is applied with a pipette and is a special type of ink that does not flake after a thick application dries. He has always painted on the floor, on his knees, with his canvas spread on the ground. His backgrounds comprise up to eight or nine layers of acrylic and sometimes to add interesting patterns, he uses a sponge or texture paste.
Debongnie's paintings can be found in the finest private collections and buildings around the world.
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Debongnie's works can be seen in the following Magazines:
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Jean-Fran├žois Debongnie was born in Brussels and has been based in Singapore since 1989. A self-taught artist, he is keen to work with large canvases, which give him the opportunity to explore the themes that inspire him. Florals are a central motif in his work, treated both as a conceptual... Read More
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Jean-Francois Debongnie, born 1968, is a native of Brussels,and has spent close to two decades in Asia. Since 1989, Jean-Francois has been residing in Singapore and initially eked out his living as a photographer, specializing in black and white photography. However, painting has always beena first love for him, and a life-changing trip to Vietnam in 1990 made him pick up the brush again and he has not stopped painting since.
The art of Jean-Francois Debongnie, like the man himself, bridges two worlds. This is not so much a gradual process of acclimatisation and cultural assimilationas the realisation of an almost intuitive empathy for Asia, which he had nurtured since childhood.
As far as his actual painting methods are concerned, Jean-Francois always works on the floor of his studio. He never makes preparatory sketches; the whole process is rather spontaneous. Jean-Francois simply spreads the canvas on the floor and then works on his knees, rather like one of the New York Action painters in the 1950s - Jackson Pollack or William de Kooning.
...
Only after the painting is complete does Jean-Francois transfer the canvas to a stretcher.
A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois initially used acrylic paint in his works, before falling in love with the medium of Chinese ink. The Chinese ink he uses is applied with a pipette and is a special type of ink that does not flake after a thick application dries. He has always painted on the floor, on his knees, with his canvas spread on the ground. His backgrounds comprises up to eight or nine layers of acrylic and sometimes, to add interesting patterns, he uses a sponge or texture paste.
His works explore flowers in various forms of representation, simply because he finds flowers a fascinating subject to explore. He started out with representational flowers and this has evolved into more abstract representations. Throughout the evolution of the floral representations, their overall impression has been one of movement where the fluid stems of the flowers give the impression that the flowers are dancing on the canvas in a celebration of life. His works are at once vibrant and contemporary, with a cosmopolitan feel that would enliven any living space.
"It's all just playing with water and ink", Jean-Francois modestly professes, but of course it's a lot more than just that. His paintings are all about subtleties - he has painted the same theme over and over again and it is in the subtle nuances that his art lies.
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