Jean Francois

Extreme Art of Jean Francois

Extreme Art of Jean Francois

French action painter and performer Jean Francois Detaille removes painting from the realm of studios and galleries and transforms it into high-energy public entertainment. His tour de force combines comedy and art in a unique show choreographed to music, bringing joie de vivre to audiences around the world. Jean Francois has performed in Las Vegas productions at MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Bally’s and New York, New York as well as at corporate events and conventions for Sun Micro Systems, Du Pont, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Verizon and many more. He has also performed at private functions for Prince Charles, the Grimaldi family, Pope John II, the Sultan of Brunei and others. Born in Namur, Belgium, Jean Francois Detaille discovered his passion for art at an early age. Painting was his father’s hobby, and on vacations with his parents in Spain and the South of France Jean Francois would watch the local artists create on-the-spot portraits for tourists. In 1975, after a chance meeting in Figueras, Spain with the flamboyant artist Salvador Dali, Jean Francois realized that the quiet life of the studio artist was not for him. In 1976 he enrolled in the Academy of Beaux Art in Belgium – best known as the school of painters Jan van Eyck, Brueghel, Rubens, Magritte, James Ensor, Alechinsky and others – to develop his talent along more formal lines. Upon completion, he enrolled in the Academy des Beaux Arts de Paris, known over the years as the birthplace of numerous art movements, the base of Academic painters Messonier and Jean Baptiste Edouard Detaille, and the school of impressionist painters Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Jean Francois Millet, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, cubist Pablo Picasso, surrealist Salvador Dali, conceptual artist Ben Wautier and performance artist Yves Klein. Jean Francois’ desire for adventure led him to travel widely. In 1982, he packed his bags and art supplies and traveled around the world on a sailboat, painting thousands of paintings along the way. The Caribbean, Hawaii and Tahiti were his new themes and his boat made a perfect studio.

“I always painted in front of an audience to music. In school I was faster than everybody else”, says Jean Francois.

Searching for a methodology that would harness his technical skills and allow a rapid, spontaneous style of work, he created Extreme Art in the early 1990’s. Working with explosive energy and without preliminary plans or sketches, Jean Francois uses forceful strokes of vibrant color to fill large canvases in minutes. He explains that working at this rapid pace opens a more direct channel between the image in his mind and the motions of his hands, giving the finished work greater immediacy and power. In 1997 Jean Francois was asked to perform in the show “Madhattan” at the New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That engagement resulted in other invitations from producers and event planners in several countries. In 2000, he was named the Spotlight Awards Entertainer of the Year for the special/corporate event market. Jean Francois offers Extreme Keynotes, a highly motivational keynote program based on the fundamentals of creativity.

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