“…a musical cadence where the imaginary is king.”
Jean-François Larrieu’s works are like exotic rhythms, an amalgamation of superimposed and repetitive forms, joyful and impressionable. He has created a distinctive language and architecture, choreographed in mosaics, multicolored and multicultural. Articulated within the landscape, and cityscape, these intricate renderings are stippled and overlaid with figures, trees, birds, creating a rich pictorial language, whose intimate vocabulary is influenced by his many travels abroad. Larrieu’s implementation and usage of insistent calligraphic type imagery speaks to a transcendent era of artistry and faith. Through the acute lens, and skillful hand of this artist, Larrieu transports us beyond the ordinary to such worlds both secreted and fantastical.
Jean-François Larrieu is a highly esteemed and celebrated artist. Born in 1960, he has exhibited his work, since 1982 worldwide, including in over sixty one-man shows and multiple group exhibitions. He has shown his work in Dubai, Beirut, China, Taiwan, Tokyo, New York, Florida and Paris. His work, since early on, has been the focus of multiple museum exhibitions in France and abroad, including contemporary art museums in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg in 1991, the Beirut Museum in 1993, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and Nakagawamura in 1994, the Fine Arts Museum in Shanghai China in 1995, the Okinawa Garden Museum, and the Fine Arts Museum in Bordeaux in 1998. His works continue to be exhibited in various Salons and group exhibitions including the Salon Comparaison, Figuration Critique, and the Salon d’Automne in Paris. Larrieu has been the recipient of many distinguished awards. Since 1990 he has sat on the board of the Salon d’Automne, and is its current President. His goal is to bring back the past splendor of the prestigious Salon, once presided over by such notable artists as Rodin, Renoir, and Maillol. Jean-François Larrieu lives and works in Paris and Southern France.