Jean-Michel CHESNE

Jean-Michel CHESNE

Born in Paris in 1959, Jean-Michel Chesné has been a creator for more than 30 years: in the beginning of the 80s, after studying agriculture,he developed a passion for art. In 1992, he visited the Palais du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives, which was a real shock to him. It definitively gave him a taste for raw art and had such a radical effect on his work that, in 1997, along with his graphic creations, he started constructing a small building in his garden, a sort of chapel-grotto he covered in mosaics. He also covered the adjacent walls and the walls surrounding the yard.

JEAN-MICHEL CHESNE


Born in Paris in 1959, Jean-Michel Chesné has been a creator for more than 30 years: in the beginning of the 80s, after studying agriculture,he developed a passion for art. In 1992, he visited the Palais du Facteur Cheval in Hauterives, which was a real shock to him. It definitively gave him a taste for raw art and had such a radical effect on his work that, in 1997, along with his graphic creations, he started constructing a small building in his garden, a sort of chapel-grotto he covered in mosaics. He also covered the adjacent walls and the walls surrounding the yard. 


Around 2008, he took a particular turn and started creating drawings he calls “laces”. This series was born from an accidental meeting with a white ink rollerball pen, the use of which he explored on black India ink backgrounds, proceeding by successive nestings and giving birth to a whole bestiary and a crowd of somewhat primitive and refined people and totem masks. Animals and hybrid beings from his own imagination can be seen too. A personal mythology coming from the accumulation of images he has been gathering for decades.  


Some more personal topics are incorporated in his compositions: duality, twinning, hybridization of humans or animals, matrix, gestation.


The omnipresence of nature may be noticed, more or less realistic animals living together amidst lush vegetation. A paradise lost where crowned deities and capped dignitaries are prominently displayed. The dynamic tension between white and black makes the silhouettes emit a sort of vibration. The jagged and sinuous outlines show us still or animated beings whose organic inside does not contradict the gracefulness of the body. We are brought face to face with a phantasmagoric crowd of both disturbing and attractive creatures emerging from the depths of an artist creating in a particular mood, between concentration and reverie.


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