Claudia – Laura Urbinati Ad campaign, 1987

Claudia – New-York Woman magazine, 1987

Self-Portrait with Dorothée – Vogue UK, 1996

Michelle, 1985 – Le Défilé, Régine Chopinot

Claudia – Laura Urbinati Ad campaign, 1987

Lauren – It’s Rouge magazine, 2003

Claudia – Per Lui magazine, 1985

Claudia – New-York Woman magazine, 1987

Sans titre – Jill magazine, 1983

Jean-François Lepage was born in Paris, France in 1960. His photography first appeared in the magazine Depeche Mode in 1981 and he held his first personal exhibition in 1983. In the 90s, Lepage dedicated himself to painting while continuing his photographic experiments. Returning to fashion photography at the beginning of the 21st century, his timeless uncanny images appeared in numerous international publications and were the subject of an exhibition in 2013 at the 28th Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography. MOONLIGHT ZOO, Lepage’s first monograph was released in 2015 and shows a selection of his photographs published in magazines from 1983 to present (Prestel Publishing). Since 2014, Jean-François Lepage has devoted himself exclusively to fine art photography and painting. He develops his RECYCLE project, reinterpreting films and photographic prints from his archives. The first opus PRELUDE has been completed in 2017 and pieces from the series were exhibited in Paris, Amsterdam, Brugge, Liège, Istanbul and London. A selection of hand painted chromogenic and silver gelatin prints from the second opus ZOMBIE were presented in September 2019 at Unseen Amsterdam.

Jean-François Lepage is represented in Budapest by TOBE Gallery
Updates about Art and Photography fairs participations will be posted on Instagram

Jean-François Lepage is represented in Budapest by TOBE Gallery
Updates about Art and Photography fairs will be posted on Instagram
Recycle project: PRELUDE (2014-2017) | ZOMBIE (2018-2019)
Website: (Fr) | Contact: lepage.info@gmail.com

Le diable pleure des larmes d’acier, 1992 – first part of a triptych

Jean-François Lepage’s photography is produced on a knife’s edge: after the photo shoot, the photographer’s hand often comes back to deconstruct and interfere with the body’s anatomy, cutting the negative to build a new, multiple image. The artist willingly speaks of « his material », not so much about the realm of reality, but the material of the negative or positive itself; hands in the gelatin, like a paintbrush in oil and pigments. From these cut, multiplied, recomposed faces and bodies, a complex identity suddenly rises to the surface. The character’s individuality emerges and creates an oscillatory wave that disturbs the peaceful surface of the image, causing it to waiver between seduction and repulsion, sophistication and brutality. This painter-photographer proclaims his love for colour and, though the palette has gradually changed over the decades, there is one colour that returns constantly as a leitmotif. It is a fiery, blood-coloured red, the colour of life flowing out of the engraved surface of the image.

Raphaëlle Stopin
Extract from Open-heart Surgery, essay
published in the catalogue of the 28th Hyères Festival
and the monograph MOONLIGHT ZOO – Prestel Publishing, May 2015.

Dorothée – Gigi Calo, 1993
FW 93 collection

Eva – Lei magazine, 1985

Untitled, 1990
pencil on paper

Bandō Tamasaburō V in Tokyo – Jill magazine, 1984

L’Ange, le Diable, la Reine, Le couteau et la Mort, 1993

Man without hands – Another Man magazine, 2006

Kirsten, 1990 – Jil Sander
FW 90 Ad campaign
(unpublished photograph)

Kirsten, 1990 – Jil Sander
FW 90 Ad campaign
(unpublished photograph)

Kirsten, 1990 – Jil Sander
FW 90 Ad campaign

Untitled – Vogue Pelle, 1985

Untitled – Vogue Pelle, 1985

Untitled, early 80s – ink on paper

Jeune Femme schizophrène, 1987 – pencil on paper

Leslie – Per Lui magazine, 1984

Nina Hagen – music album covers, 1989

Mission DATAR « les Quatre Saisons du Territoire », 1988

Mission DATAR « les Quatre Saisons du Territoire », 1988

Mission DATAR « les Quatre Saisons du Territoire », 1988

Untitled – Jill magazine, 1983

Claudia – Jill magazine, 1984

Untitled – Lei magazine, 1984

Danseuse 3, 1987 – pencil on paper

Couleurs, 1989 – pencil and gouache on paper

VII, 1985-2018 – 8X10 series

Metamorphosis I, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad campaign & catalogue

Metamorphosis II, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad campaign & catalogue

Metamorphosis III, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad campaign & catalogue

Untitled, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad campaign & catalogue

Untitled, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad campaign & catalogue

Dorothée – View on Colour magazine, 1999

Untitled, 1996
mixed media on wood
1400 x 1000 mm

Untitled, 1990
mixed media on wood
1650 x 1100 mm

Untitled, 1990
pencil on paper
650 x 500 mm

Dorothée – Dorothée Perret, 1999
SS 99 collection

Untitled, 1995
photographic film and staple

Untitled – Repetto Ad campaign, 1988

Untitled, 1993-1996
photographic film, tape,
elastic and staple

Untitled, 1993-1996
photographic film, tape,
gelatin and staple

Untitled, 1993-1996
photographic film, staple,
sewing thread and silicon
(detail)

Dovile – 7000 magazine, 2013

Claudia – Lei magazine, 1985

Untitled – Vogue Pelle, 1985
(unpublished photograph)

Hell & Paradise – Spoon magazine, 1998

Ink on paper with Nuage Lepage, 2007

Dovile – 7000 magazine, 2013

Art Paris Art Fair 2016 – Grand Palais, Paris

Recent Solo Exhibitions

2016 – Prelude (Part I) — Brugge Photo Festival / 44 Gallery / Brugge, Belgium
2016 – Prelude (Part I) — Fotoistanbul / International Photography Festival / Istanbul, Turkey
2016 – Solo Show — Art Paris Art Fair / Grand Palais / Galerie Madé / Paris, France
2015 – Prelude (Part I) — The Ravestijn Gallery / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 – Prelude (Part I) — Galerie Madé / Paris, France
2014 – Memories From The Future – Galerie Quai 26 / Lille, France
2014 – Memories From The Future – Festival International of Photography / Rishon Lezion, Israël
2014 – Memories From The Future – Galerie Madé / Paris, France
2013 – Memories From The Future – 28th Festival International of Fashion and Photography / Hyères, France

Recent Group Exhibitions

2016 – Transcendent Diy — Biennale De L’image Possible / Liège, Belgium
2016 – L’autre Visage — Centre Photographique / Pôle Image / Rouen, France
2016 – The Summer Show — The Ravestijn Gallery / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 – Color – Camera Work Gallery / Berlin, Germany

Art & Photography Fairs

2019 – Unseen Amsterdam / TOBE Gallery / Amsterdam, The Netherlands (20-22 Sept 2019)
2016 – Art Paris Art Fair / Grand Palais / Galerie Madé / Paris, France (31 Mar-03 Apr 2016)
2015 – Unseen Amsterdam / Galerie Madé / Amsterdam, The Netherlands (18-20 Sept 2015)
2015 – Photo London / The Ravestijn Gallery / London, United Kingdom (21-24 May 2015)
2014 – Unseen Amsterdam / Galerie Madé / Amsterdam, The Netherlands (18-21 Sept 2014)

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