ABOUT
JEAN-FRANÇOIS
LEPAGE
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE - ABOUT
XXXIX, 2017 – POLAROID 8X10 INCHES (20X25 CM)

Jean-François Lepage (b.1960) is a photographer whose working methods are closer to that of a painter. His paradoxically alluring and disquieting photographs bare evidence to a process in which he physically cuts, draws and works into their surface to intricately evolve and brutally deconstruct the original image. Lepage’s intuitive approach to the image-making process is cathartic. “I’m like a surgeon who faces his patient with lucidity and commitment but with the absolute certitude that the only person I can really save is — myself.” Over the past three and a half decades, since his first published images appeared in Depeche Mode, he has chosen to work sporadically for editorial and advertising clients, while taking time — including a 13-year period of abstinence from commercial environs — to pursue his art through painting in a purer form. Subsequently, Lepage has maintained his distinctive voice as his imagery has evolved. More recently he has begun to pull away from fashion once more. He is currently making new work, recycling photographs from his archive to build new pictures — finding his palette by cutting up outtakes from his old shoots of now discontinued 8×10, 891 Polaroid from the 1990s — Phil Bicker – TIME LightBox – SEP 2014.

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 – PRELUDE — BRUGGE PHOTO FESTIVAL / 44 GALLERY / BRUGGE, BELGIUM
2016 – PRELUDE — FOTOISTANBUL / INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL / ISTANBUL, TURKEY
2016 – SOLO SHOW — ART PARIS ART FAIR / GRAND PALAIS / GALERIE MADÉ / PARIS, FRANCE
2015 – PRELUDE — THE RAVESTIJN GALLERY / AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
2015 – PRELUDE — GALERIE MADÉ / PARIS, FRANCE
2014 – MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE — GALERIE QUAI 26 / LILLE, FRANCE
2014 – MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE — THIRD INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL / RISHON LEZION, ISRAËL
2014 – INSIDE THE MIRROR — GALERIE MADÉ / PARIS, FRANCE
2013 – MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE — 28TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF HYÈRES, FRANCE
RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 – TRANSCENDENT DIY — BIENNALE DE L’IMAGE POSSIBLE / LIÈGE, BELGIUM
2016 – L’AUTRE VISAGE — CENTRE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE / PÔLE IMAGE HAUTE-NORMANDIE / 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 2016 / GRAND PALAIS / GALERIE MADÉ / PARIS, FRANCE
2015 – UNSEEN 2015 / GALERIE MADÉ / AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
2015 – PHOTO LONDON 2015 / THE RAVESTIJN GALLERY / LONDON, UK
2014 – UNSEEN 2014 / GALERIE MADÉ / AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
 2016
PRELUDE
BRUGGE PHOTO FESTIVAL
44 GALLERY
BRUGGE, BELGIUM
 2016
PRELUDE
FOTOISTANBUL
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
ISTANBUL, TURKEY
2016
SOLO SHOW
ART PARIS ART FAIR
GRAND PALAIS / GALERIE MADÉ
PARIS, FRANCE
2015
PRELUDE
THE RAVESTIJN GALLERY
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
2015
PRELUDE
GALERIE MADÉ
PARIS, FRANCE
2014
MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE
GALERIE QUAI 26
LILLE, FRANCE
2014
MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE
THIRD INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
RISHON LEZION, ISRAËL
2014
INSIDE THE MIRROR
GALERIE MADÉ
PARIS, FRANCE
2013
MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE
28TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FASHION AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF HYÈRES
FRANCE
2011
MOONLIGHT
BACC – ART CULTURAL CENTER
BANGKOK, THAILAND
1998
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE
PHOTOGRAPHIE 1984-1998
GALERIE 213
PARIS, FRANCE
1994
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE
PHOTOGRAPHIE & PEINTURE
GALERIE CAMERA OBSCURA
PARIS, FRANCE
1993
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO
1992
LANDSCAPE
WHITE ART GALLERY
TOKYO, JAPAN
1988
FAM
FRENCH CULTURAL CENTER
VARSOVIE, POLAND
1988
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEPAGE
GALERIE LE COMPTOIR DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE
PARIS, FRANCE
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2016
TRANSCENDENT DIY
BIENNALE DE L’IMAGE POSSIBLE
LIÈGE, BELGIUM
2016
L’AUTRE VISAGE
CENTRE PHOTOGRAPHIQUE
PÔLE IMAGE HAUTE-NORMANDIE
ROUEN, FRANCE
2016
THE SUMMER SHOW
THE RAVESTIJN GALLERY
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
2012
COLOR
AMERA WORK GALLERY
BERLIN, GERMANY
2010
ULTRAMEGALORE
MODEMUSEUM HASSELT
HASSELT, BELGIUM
2002
ARCHEOLOGY OF ELEGANCE
1980-2000, 20 YEARS OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
DEICHTORHALLEN
HAMBOURG, GERMANY
1996
DESSIN
GALERIE LUCIEN DURAND
PARIS, FRANCE
1993
TREIZE EN VUE
NICÉPHORE NIÉPCE MUSEUM
CHALON SUR SAÔNE, FRANCE
1991
L’ESPACE D’UN INSTANT (PAINTING)
ESPACE D’UN INSTANT
PARIS, FRANCE
1988
LES QUATRE SAISONS
CAC DE BELFORT
BELFORT, FRANCE
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY FAIRS
31 MAR-03 APR 2016
ART PARIS ART FAIR 2016
GRAND PALAIS / GALERIE MADÉ
PARIS, FRANCE
18-20 SEP 2015
UNSEEN 2015
GALERIE MADÉ
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
21-24 MAY 2015
PHOTO LONDON 2015
THE RAVESTIJN GALLERY
LONDON, UK
18-21 SEP 2014
UUNSEEN 2014
GALERIE MADÉ
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

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