François Malingrëy at Art Paris


For the 2021 edition of Art Paris in the new Grand Palais Éphémère of the Champ-de-Mars, Hervé Mikaeloff, independent curator, has been invited to give his take of the French scene, his theme: Portrait and Figuration.


Regard sur la scène française brings together a selection of 20 artists around the question of the portrait and the renewal of figurative painting in France. Amongst others, the fair will exhibit Guillaume Bresson (1982) with Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Marc Desgrandchamps (1960) with Galerie Lelong & Co, Laurent Grasso (1972) with Galerie Perrotin, Yan Pei-Ming (1960) with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Claire Tabouret (1981) with Galerie Almine Rech and of course, François Malingrëy.


Hence, on this occasion, François Malingrëy creates a series of works for his solo exhibition: La Chambre Rouge, comprising seventeen oils on canvas and seventeen oils on wood cut-outs.


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François Malingrëy painting a wood cut out


Photography: Hubert de Castelbajac



Born in 1989 in Nancy, François Malingrëy graduated from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg (France) in 2013.

His work is presented in 2015 at the salon de Montrouge where he won the prize of the “Conseil général des Hauts de Seine”, allowed him to earn an invitation to the collective exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, which brought together the four winners of the salon.


As a visual artist, his medium of choice remains painting, although he can also carve resin or create works in volume, especially in wood. These wooden works will occupy an important place in his personal exhibition La Chambre Rouge presented at the art fair Art Paris in September 2021 (Galerie Le Feuvre & Roze, Stand F7) but also directly at the gallery. It is safe to say that the intention to give more space to this type of work - which he has always presented, but generally modestly and cautiously - stems from his recent intervention at the Musée de la Chasse, where he painted the backgrounds of a diorama.



Detail of "Devant la Chambre Rouge", Oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm


La Chambre Rouge is a direct reflection of a 1898 painting by the Swiss painter Félix Vallotton, depicting a couple in the shadow of a door in a muffled interior. Following the series initiated in 2020 on the occasion of his personal exhibition "Les Silencieux” (The silent ones – Galerie Le Feuvre & Roze), and inspired in particular by the work of the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, François Malingrëy continues, with La Chambre Rouge, to explore the scenes of interiors, with varnished parquet floors, vermilion walls and these perspectives so singular. By integrating figures, his relatives, who constitute his favourite models and who we see evolving from painting to painting, Malingrëy reconstitutes his enigmatic universe in which the characters never look at us nor show us any real expression. Malingrëy wants every viewer to be able to interpret his paintings according to their own criteria. This is one of the reasons for the mystery that surrounds his work.



François Malingrëy painting "Devant la Chambre Rouge"


Photography: Hubert de Castelbajac



The representation of the skin and the way the light is reflected on it, as well as his own way of using perspective, are also characteristic features of his painting. The duplication of characters with identical postures is another of his habits. Recently, since "Les Silenceux" in 2020, indoor scenes have taken over the Plein Air scenes. Another change is the representation of bodies against the light, with La Chambre Rouge. This process allows the painter to highlight the interior, and its reds/pinks, which bring light to the painting.



More information and available works on François Malingrëy's page