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MELUN (77), France
Jean-François Laurent - JFL was born in Lille in 1975. He has been painting in his own style since 1997 mainly with oil painting on canvas frames. It is inspired by lights, colours and transparencies. His work is influenced by the works of Lyonel Feininger, Robert Delaunay or Constantin Brancusi.
In his paintings, Jean-François Laurent seeks to transform perspectives and light to show the invisible, the interdependence of things, beings and objects. The lines intersect, cut, deform to give a very structured composition, yet perfectly free and detached from the rules. The subject, ranging from figurative to total abstraction, remains as perceptible to the observer who can project himself into these familiar forms, while leaving him the possibility to see what he wants to see there, and to feel what he wants. Light and shadows are everywhere in the canvas, so that from every point of view, the understanding of the work is different.
His touch is precise, he works with little material and with a reduced range of colours. In this way, he seeks to make the canvas vibrate, to make it feel alive and sensitive to its environment. JFL seeks that each work is to be rediscovered at every moment, that the one who observes it is caught by the composition, by the colours, by the movement and that each time he lets himself be touched as if it were the first time.
JFL followed a general training in visual arts between the ages of 7 and 21. This course allowed her to learn different techniques: watercolour, pastels, charcoal, oil painting or terracotta sculptures. JFL is also an agricultural engineer and has worked for several years in research and development in the agri-food industry. This scientific background and her interest in nature are reflected in her painting work.