Jean-Francois Debongnie

Jean-Francois Debongnie

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Jean-Francois Debongnie
A self-taught artist, Jean-Francois Debongnie (Belgian, b. 1968) first came to Asia in 1989 and after traveling in Thailand and Malaysia decided to make Singapore his home. Debongnie fell in love with Eastern cultural and aesthetic traditions. Working exclusively in water-based acrylic and Chinese ink, his paintings have explored visual representations of navigation between the West where he was born and the East he called home for over two decades. Debongnie’s canvases are the beneficiaries of a rich heritage of history transplanted into the modern world where they thrive. His canvases seamlessly straddle seemingly disparate elements—old and new; organic and synthetic; vibrant ochre, blue, and red against muted shades of gray and black. Debongnie’s harmonizing touch gives his works their enduring beauty, allowing him to paint traditional botanical scenes with traditional materials in a contemporary style. Debongnie’s canvases typically consist of a background constructed out of seven to ten layers of acrylic paint in varying shades, which he tops with impasto flower heads suspended atop delicate Chinese ink stems. The stems—mesmerizing, winding, and ethereal—are an ideal contrast with the solid texture and color of the flower heads they support. Debongnie understands each flower as both an iconographic floral signature that expresses essential qualities rather than a precise botanical representation and as one character in the landscape, he invites the viewer to explore. This ability to move between the undeniably solid and the whimsically effervescent as well as the individual and the greater world evokes the comfortable dualism that is always at play in Debongnie’s works. Debongnie’s works have been exhibited in Belgium, Germany, France, Singapore, and Malaysia and shown in private collections and luxury buildings including the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Singapore Airlines, and the Westin Hotels. In addition, Debongnie’s work has been featured in Vogue Living and Elle Decor.
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Blue Waters
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Blue Waters

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 63 in

Drops of Blue II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Drops of Blue II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

In the Shadow of the Sun
Jean-Francois Debongnie

In the Shadow of the Sun

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

Le Jardin de Pavot IV
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Le Jardin de Pavot IV

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Pluie de Printemps I
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Reaching for Spring III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reaching for Spring III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Springtime is Here
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Springtime is Here

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

By the Moonlight's Glow
Jean-Francois Debongnie

By the Moonlight's Glow

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 59.10 in

In the Midst of Springtime Bloom
Jean-Francois Debongnie

In the Midst of Springtime Bloom

Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Canvas

59 x 59 in

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

48 x 48 in

Reminisce
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reminisce

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59.10 x 39.40 in

Dance of Joy II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Dance of Joy II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 59 in

Fields of Blossoming Tulips
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Fields of Blossoming Tulips

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

Le Jardin de Pavot I
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Le Jardin de Pavot I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Morning Glory I
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Morning Glory I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 59 in

Pluie de Printemps II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 59.10 in

Pretty in Pink
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pretty in Pink

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 63 in

Reflections I
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reflections I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Summer Passion II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Summer Passion II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Dance of Joy
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Dance of Joy

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

48 x 71 in

Le Jardin de Pavot V
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Le Jardin de Pavot V

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 78.70 in

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 59 in

Winter Solstice
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Winter Solstice

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

68 x 68 in

Dance of Joy III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Dance of Joy III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Fleur des Champs III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Fleur des Champs III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

31 x 39 in

Le Jardin de Pavot II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Le Jardin de Pavot II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Morning Glory II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Morning Glory II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 59 in

Pluie de Printemps III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 59.10 in

Reaching for Spring
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reaching for Spring

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Soaring Petals
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Soaring Petals

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 63 in

Summer Passion III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Summer Passion III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Fleur des Champs
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Fleur des Champs

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

84 x 46 in

Little Red Flowers I
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Little Red Flowers I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 59.10 in

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs IV
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs IV

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 59 in

Winter's Charm
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Winter's Charm

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59.20 x 39.40 in

Days of Respite
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Days of Respite

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Imaginary Days
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Imaginary Days

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Le Jardin de Pavot III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Le Jardin de Pavot III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Morning Glory III
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Morning Glory III

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

Pluie de Printemps V
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps V

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

Reaching for Spring II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reaching for Spring II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Springtime in the Garden
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Springtime in the Garden

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 59 in

Whispers from the Sun
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Whispers from the Sun

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

Glorious Days
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Glorious Days

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

Pluie de Printemps IV
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps IV

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 59 in

Reflections II
Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reflections II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 83 in

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