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.
Work in progress
Painted chromogenic and silver gelatin prints.
Fifty Six photographs
PRELUDE is the first opus of Lepage’s recycled works.
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.
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)
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