Jean-Francois Debongnie

Artwork

Dance of Joy, 2013

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Dance of Joy, 2013

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

48 x 71 in

$11,200.00

Pluie de Printemps IV

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps IV

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 59 in

$10,200.00

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs III, 2013

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs III, 2013

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 59 in

$10,200.00

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs II

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

48 x 48 in

$8,800.00

Soaring Petals, 2009

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Soaring Petals, 2009

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 63 in

$6,000.00

Reflections II

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reflections II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 83 in

$6,000.00

Glorious Days, 2009

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Glorious Days, 2009

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

$4,800.00

Drops of Blue II, 2008

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Drops of Blue II, 2008

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

$4,800.00

Springtime is Here

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Springtime is Here

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

$4,800.00

Pluie de Printemps III, 2012

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps III, 2012

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 59.10 in

$4,800.00

Days of Respite

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Days of Respite

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

$4,800.00

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs, 2014

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Prés Parsemés de Fleurs, 2014

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

$4,800.00

Winter's Charm, 2008

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Winter's Charm, 2008

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59.20 x 39.40 in

$4,800.00

Dance of Joy III, 2008

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Dance of Joy III, 2008

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

59 x 39 in

$4,800.00

Dance of Joy II, 2008

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Dance of Joy II, 2008

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 59 in

$4,800.00

Blue Waters, 2014

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Blue Waters, 2014

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 63 in

$4,800.00

Morning Glory I

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Morning Glory I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 59 in

$4,800.00

Pluie de Printemps II, 2013

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps II, 2013

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39.40 x 59.10 in

$4,800.00

Pluie de Printemps I

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Pluie de Printemps I

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

$3,200.00

Morning Glory III, 2011

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Morning Glory III, 2011

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

38 x 38 in

$3,200.00

Summer Passion II

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Summer Passion II

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

$3,200.00

Reaching for Spring III, 2015

Jean-Francois Debongnie

Reaching for Spring III, 2015

Chinese Ink & Acrylic Paint on Canvas

39 x 39 in

$3,200.00

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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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