is a UK-based artist who received his BFA in 2013 from the City & Guilds of London Art School. He was the winner of The Cass Art Commission of the National Open Art Competition, Somerset House (2014); he was also the winner of The Best Painting Prize at “Injustice” Open Art Competition, La Galleria, Pall Mall, (2014).
Jean-Luc is influenced by ‘memorial portraiture’ (also known as post mortem photography, which was a popular early 19th century photographic process for immortalising deceased loved ones). He layers multiple paintings on top of each other before scratching away at the surface to reveal phantasmic faces peering from beneath. Therefore, his paintings are constructed through the processes of both creation and destruction, damage and repair.
Jean-Luc is obsessed with the materiality and texture of the paint itself. A certain tension exists within the thick surfaces of his canvases, as paint can take precedence over the act of representation.
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