François BOISROND
Artistic Practice Department

“Figurative painting is alive and well today and uses a wide range of relevant approaches. It’s a pretty paradox for painting to be at once in two dimensions and made of matter. It is the matter that ‘says it all’ about the artist’s approach, style and attitude. There is no such thing as simple, neutral naturalism, and if the world does not resemble an image, yet an image can resemble the world.
I think one should take an interest in painting for the pleasure of it, make the most of one’s gifts, refine one’s sense of the medium. In other words, I think one has to help students to get away temporarily from questions like ‘Am I an artist?’ and ‘What kind of work should I produce?’ I would criticize tradition for prioritizing manual skill. What counts most to my mind is the desire to see, to behold as a creative act, to paint with one’s eyes open on the present, and the possibility for students to grope their way forward by trial and error till they hit upon the configuration that produces the desired reaction.”

Born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1959, François Boisrond was involved in the Figuration Libre movement of the early 1980s and embraced a spontaneous, extremely colorful and casually executed style of painting. His work has since evolved into a more realistic and documentary style, attentive to modern-day reality.
Since 1981 his paintings have been shown in individual and group exhibitions in France and abroad including notable shows at the Capc in Bordeaux 1985 Fondation Cartier in 1988. Boisrond took part in an event called La Beauté in Avignon and in a 2000 exhibition at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris Ce sont les pommes qui ont changé. In 2005 (series of paintings around the Venice Biennale) IUFM Lyon 2005; Eldorado, Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg 2006. Airs de Paris Centre Pompidou; 2007. Retrospective Musée de l’Abbaye Saint-Croix, Les Sables-d’Olonne, 2012.