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Jean-Michel Folon

"I would like to die flying off."


Notes of biography

The Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon was born in 1934 in Uccle, in the surroundings of Brussels. Although having made studies of architecture, he will be devoted very quickly to the drawing. He takes part, by its illustrations, with reviews and other periodicals ; he is considered a long time as cartoonist. Folon very early created a world which is clean for him into which an anonymous character seems to float or slip into an indefinite world, sometimes absurd.
By the use of the color, its work takes a more pictorial turn towards the end of the Sixties. In 1969, its first personal show is organized in New York (Lefebre Gallery). In little time its universe is essential: covers of French and American newspapers, posters, credits of television broadcasts. Many galleries seize this graphic phenomenon where a certain nostalgia competes with the criticism of the society which animates the artist.
The subtle art of Folon becomes familiar. The public is often identified with this man lost in this concrete world, among these arrows with the thousand contradictory directions, handled man, lunatic, anonymity.
In 1971, the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris will organize a vast show (90 works) of its production. Italy, the United States, Japan exposes the artist. Folon will produce a great number of etchings, screenprints, watercolours, covers of books, illustrations, or collage. He will be interested in animation, with tapestry, in theatre (decorations, costumes), with sculpture, will carry out mural works. Reproductions of its "images" or posters will flower on the walls of many French and foreign apartments.
Jean Michel Folon died in Monaco in 2005.

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To read about the artist :
  • « Folon », Catalogue d’exposition, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris 1971
  • « Vue imprenable. Essai sur le monde de Folon », G. Soavi, Chêne, 1971
  • « Collectif (Folon) », Cat. d’exposition, Musées royaux des BA de Belgique 1972
  • « Folon : Aquarelles », Hervé Gauville, Ed. de La Différence, 1984
  • « Flowers by Giorgio Morandi », Rizzoli, New York, 1985
  • « Folon : 25 ans d'affiches », Ed. Centre de l'Affiche,Toulouse, 1989
  • « Folon - Florence », Marilena Pasquali et autres, Ed. Skira, 2005
  • « Folon - Sculptures », Guy Gilsoul et autres, Ed. Quo Vadis, 2009
  • « La vie est un long voyage », J. Vandenbroucke, Ed. Kimera, Tournai, 2009
  • « Folon - Le voyage inédit », F. Balester, La Malmaison, Cannes, 2013
To read from the artist :
  • « Lettres à Giorgio », Ed. Chêne 1975
  • « Conversations entre Folon et Milton Glaser », Herscher, 1983
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