French artist Jean-François Gromaire’s large abstract canvases are playful expressions of his life-long exploration of historical alchemy and oil paint. Using the earth and its mysteries as muse, his paintings unfold a visual vocabulary of movement, texture and sheen, while incorporating surprising materials like bitumen. In his own words: “The incredible beauty of abstract art is that we can find any type of emotion inside and it offers endless possibilities for different interpretations.”
Jean-François grew up exploring the world from an artist’s point of view, spending time as a boy in museums and amongst the Parisian art scene with his grandfather, Marcel Gromaire, who was a well-known artist and professor in France. But it wasn’t until the mid-nineties, after a varied work history—everything from organic farmer to helicopter pilot—and extensive travel across three continents, that he began painting in earnest. Since then, his work has been exhibited widely in France, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.