A path
through
many inspirations


How it all started

Jean-Pol d. Franqueuil was born near Paris, France and grew up in various parts of Africa and Western Europe.  His diverse background first sparked an interest in international politics and at age 16 he became a published political cartoonist and began a career in print that lasted many years.  His works have been published in many European publications as well as The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report and The International Herald Tribune.

First painting

Eventually, he became dissatisfied with creating work dependent on other peoples’ news and turned to painting.
“I felt it was time to create my own direction in my work.”  the artist declared when making the switch.

Franqueuil has lived and worked all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America and his creative journey is no less varied.  His body of work encompasses drawings, paintings and sculpture: caricatures and cartoons, portraits, contemporary impressionism, countless commissioned pieces and large-scale sculpture. 

While experimenting with different styles and approaches, he found a mode of expression that combined his lifelong interest in political and social subjects with their relationship to the patterns of everyday life. “Surrounded by the white noise of daily existence, we seem to lose sight of what should remain the most vital in our society.  Too much trivial information dilutes our ability to sort out the true inspirations of our modern world.” says Franqueuil.


The message

After moving to New York City, Franqueuil embarked into demonstrating the blend into anonymity of the ideas and objects which should otherwise remain in the forefront of our concerns.

Like the repeating designs in his work that wrap and soften symbols of stark subjects of our global culture, the fabric that envelops our day to day life shrouds our lives creating a convenient loss of real dialogue and a buffer against the uncomfortable attentions we would otherwise encounter consistently.

By consideration of our relationship with our contemporary culture or by reflection on the permeation of memory, Franqueuil used these patterned depictions of his artistic perceptions as a visual tool allowing him to elaborate on the concept of time- our past experiences influencing our response to the present.

And now

His most recent paintings in Paris revisit the use of many colors to convey the different shades of objects or people through a mix of dripping, throwing and pointillism techniques. Franqueuil applies the many approaches gathered through his years in America in deconstructing the many variances of light that living in the French capital brings to his inspiration.

Resume

2019
One Sky Foundation, Beijing, China

2018
One Sky Foundation, Hong Kong, China
Cabaret Apollinaire, Opera House in Montpellier, France

2017
One Sky Foundation, Hong Kong, China

2013
One Sky Foundation, Hong Kong, China

2012
"Half the Sky Foundation", Hong Kong, China
"Half the Sky Foundation", London, U.K.

2011
"Half the Sky Foundation", Hong Kong, China

2010
"Shanghai Magnolia", presented by FQ Projects Gallery at the ShContemporary 2010, Shanghai, China
"WEN HUA, lacing Chinese history", presented by Fu Xin Gallery at the ShContemporary 2010
"WEN HUA, lacing Chinese history", Solo Show - Fu Xin Gallery, Shanghai, China
"French Expressions", Group Show - Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT, U.S.A.

2009
Artist in Residence - Greene Art Gallery, Guilford, CT, U.S.A.
Fu Xin Gallery, Shanghai, China

2007
Berkshire Museum, Berkshire, MA, U.S.A.

2003
Work reproduced in Sport as Symbol (Mari Womack; McFarland & Company, Inc., Publish.)

1997
Solo Exhibition - Bement, Santa Monica, CA, U.S.A.

1996
"Welcome America": 16' x 49' (5 meters x 15 meters), acrylic on wood and engraved metal for the Headquarters of International Hellmann Shipping Company, Miami, FL, U.S.A.

1994
Featured artist on Justin Wines' label

1993
"AmerIcons": Solo Exhibition - French Alliance of San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

1993
Solo Exhibition - First Interstate , San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

1992 - 1993
Solo Exhibition - Robert Mondavi Center, Costa Mesa, CA, U.S.A.

1992
"Free Flag": painting received in "The Permanent Collection of the State of California" by Governor Pete Wilson.

1991
Solo Exhibition - "ABC Entertainment Center", Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

1989
Solo Exhibition - Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.

1989 - 1991
Large murals in numerous restaurants and shops in Southern California, U.S.A.

Illustrations
Illustrations published in:

The Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, U.S.A.
The Orange County Register - Santa Ana, U.S.A.

Tele-Star Magazine - Paris, France
Dargau Editions - Paris, France
Le Point - Paris, France
Jeune Afrique - Paris, France

Illustrations and Animation:

France 3 Television

Political Caricatures published in:

U.S. News and World Report - Washington D.C.,U.S.A.
Orange County Register - Santa Ana, U.S.A.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, U.S.A.
New York Times - New York, U.S.A.
Washington Post - Washington D.C., U.S.A.

L'Événement du Jeudi - Paris, France
Le Point - Paris, France
International Herald Tribune - Paris, France
Jeune Afrique - Paris, France

The Observer - London, U.K.

Corail - Nouméa, New Caledonia

La Tribune de Genève - Geneva, Switzerland

The Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem, Israel

Welt am Sontag - Hamburg, Germany
Bunte Magazine - Munich, Germany

La Republica - Milan, Italy

Pourquoi Pas? - Brussels, Belgium

Le Figaro - Paris, France
Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace - Strasbourg, France
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