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François Mendras

Born in 1962 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1962, François Mendras lives and works in Paris. Since the end of the years 80, Francois Mendras has been creating a singular body of work: his colorful paintings in wax on wood are sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, sometimes gestural, and sometimes so still or geometrical that they seem to be engraved.

If there is a program in his work, it is to never have a program. The creation of each painting is random. Mendras undertakes a gestural, slow process, creating forms, things that have special significations to him and that give birth to unique universes: grids, stairs, windows, Mickeys, elephants, chess pawns, characters, plants... All these constructions proclaim the strength of painting, a particular medium for which the artist, who represents himself in his paintings as a white murid, is the standrd-bearer.

"My painting is made of touches, it is a balance of powers, an uncertain try, sometimes violent, sometimes more certain, sometimes hesitant. It is a fight between an intuitive idea and a desire that seeks to break free.. The advances and setbacks are similar to the detours, the divagations and the impasses of a reasoning being developed. Once the work finished, a fusion between the energy of the idea and the constraint of the reasoning, must have the strength of a theorem!"

- François Mendras

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SHOWS

2010
MA-30 / Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt (France)
Galerie Dubois Friedland Brussels (Belgium)

2007
Musée Raymond Lafage, Le Fruit de la Rencontre, Lisle-sur-Tarn (France)

2004
Le Creux de lEnfer - Centre dArt Contemporain, Thiers (France)

2003
Galerie Municipale, Vitry-sur-Seine (France)

2001
Centre d'Arts Plastiques, Saint-Fons (France)

2000
Palais des Congrès, Hall, Paris (France)

1999
Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris (France)

1997
Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris (France)

1995
Espace dArt Contemporain C. Lambert, Juvisy (France)

1993
Galerie Eric Dupont, Toulouse (France)

1992
Le Quai, Ecole Supérieure d'Art, Mulhouse (France)

1991
Galerie Eric Dupont, Toulouse (France)

1989
Centre dArt Contemporain, Brétigny (France)

1988
Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas (France)


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Fonds National dArt Contemporain (France)
Frac Auvergne (France)
Frac Ile-de-France (France)
Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris (France)
Ville de Brétigny (France)
Caisse des Dépôts (France)


CORPORATE COLLECTIONS / FOUNDATIONS

Fondations Hewlett-Packard (France)
Fondation Bleustein-Blanchet (France)
Fondation Peter Stuyvesant (The Netherlands)
Fondation Colas (France)
Le Bon Marché (France)

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