Jean-Francois Debongnie, Belgium


Jean-Francois Debongnie, born 1968, a native of Brussels, has been resident in Singapore since 1989. A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois favors large canvasses on which he explores the themes that inspire him in series such as "Red flowers", "Summer", "Dancing in the wind" and "Landscape - China".

In all these series Jean-Francois brings to life flowers - both as iconographic floral signatures which capture the essential qualities of a flower rather than strict botanical representations and as part of a landscape in fields growing wild amidst ripening grain. The use of Chinese ink adds a dramatic fluidity to all his works. In the Summer series, perhaps the most atmospheric of his paintings, a horizon draws the eye beyond the ripe field to the turbulent stormy skies overhead, and the hint of an impending storm. In another ongoing series - "White Flowers" and "Chinese Landscape", Jean Francois has chosen a more muted palette of greys, chalk, a cream which both blend and contrast beautifully with the Chinese ink. These predominantly monochromatic works, often verging on the abstract, explore a variety of themes and landscapes.

At present Jean-Francois works and lives between Belgium and Singapore.