About Jean-François Lepage
Excalibur, 2018 from the Zombie series – mixed media on c-print, 280 x 355 mm

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 a retrospective 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.

Jean-François Lepage is now represented by Galerie Agathe Gaillard in Paris and by TOBE Gallery in Budapest. Three solo exhibitions are scheduled for 2019. Selected works from PRELUDE, WINTER, ZOMBIE and PROMETHIUM 61 will be show respectively in Budapest, Paris and at the MAP Toulouse Festival of Photography. Updates about Art and Photography fairs participations will be posted on Instagram.

ZOMBIE (2018)
Work in progress
Painted chromogenic and silver gelatin prints

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Gone with the wind I, 2018
mixed media on silver gelatin print
360 x 278 mm
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À Coeur Ouvert II, 2018
mixed media on silver gelatin print
238 x 183 mm
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Gone with the Wind II, 2018
mixed media on silver gelatin print
311 x 255 mm
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Salle d’attente I, 2018
mixed media on c-print
452 x 316 mm
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Salle d’attente II, 2018
mixed media on c-print
452 x 320 mm
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Salle d’attente III, 2018
mixed media on c-print
450 x 297 mm
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Recycle 8, 2015 from the Prelude series – archival pigment print, 650 x 810 mm

PRELUDE (2014-2017)
Fifty Six photographs
Archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle baryta paper

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Recycle 27, 2016
archival pigment print
400 x 505 mm, Ed 10
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Recycle 11, 2014
archival pigment print
650 x 810 mm, Ed 5 – 1100 x 1370 mm, Ed 2
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Recycle 24, 2015
archival pigment print
700 x 560 mm, Ed 7
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Recycle 12, 2014
archival pigment print
650 x 810 mm, Ed 5 – 1100 x 1370 mm, Ed 2
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Recycle 17, 2014
archival pigment print
500 x 410 mm, Ed 10
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Recycle 29, 2017
archival pigment print
500 x 630 mm, Ed 7
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Recycle 55, 2017
archival pigment print
1390 x 1100 mm, Ed 5
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Recycle 32, 2017
archival pigment print
550 x 700 mm, Ed 7
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Recycle 37, 2017
archival pigment print
550 x 700 mm, Ed 7

Jean-François Lepage is now represented in Paris, France by Agathe Gaillard gallery and in Budapest, Hungary by TOBE gallery.

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Claudia – Laura Urbinati Ad Campaign, 1987
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Claudia – New-York Woman magazine, 1987
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Self-Portrait with Dorothée – Vogue UK, 1996

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 on in the gelatine, 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.

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Bandō Tamasaburō V in Tokyo – Jill magazine, 1984
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L’Ange, le Diable, la Reine, Le couteau et la Mort, 1993
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Man without hands – Another Man magazine, 2006
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Untitled – Vogue Pelle, 1985
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Untitled – Vogue Pelle, 1985
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Untitled, early 80s – ink on paper
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Jeune Femme schizophrène, 1987 – pencil on paper
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Leslie – Per Lui magazine, 1984
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Nina Hagen – music album covers, 1989
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Mission DATAR « les Quatre Saisons du Territoire », 1988
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Mission DATAR « les Quatre Saisons du Territoire », 1988
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Mission DATAR « les Quatre Saisons du Territoire », 1988
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Danseuse 3, 1987 – pencil on paper
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Couleurs, 1989 – pencil and gouache on paper
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VII, 1985-2018 – 8X10 series
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Untitled, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad Campaign & Catalogue
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Untitled, 1997 – Masaki Matsushima
SS 98 Ad Campaign & Catalogue
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Dorothée – View on Colour magazine, 1999
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Hell & Paradise – Spoon magazine, 1998
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Ink on paper with Nuage Lepage, 2007
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Dovile – 7000 magazine, 2013
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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

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

Articles & Interviews

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