François Malingrëy: installation views

Mis à jour : 2 avr. 2020

"Les Silencieux — Quiet People" is François Malingrëy's first solo exhibition at the gallery. Opened since March 12, 2020, it was meant to last until April 11. Because of sanitary conditions, the exhibition is suspended and a new ending date will be communicated as soon as the gallery will re-open.

While waiting for seeing it with your own eyes, we propose you to discover a few installation shots accompanied by texts published as prefaces of the exhibition catalog. Those texts are written by Gilles Clément, architect, gardener and author, and Claude d'Anthenaise, director of the Museum for Hunting and Nature (Paris).

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Photos © Le Feuvre & Roze

Sur le rivage (Ashore), oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm

Dans la jungle (Into the Jungle), oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm

left to right: Sein Suaire, resin, 30 x 20 cm

Au bord de l'eau (At the Water's Edge), oil on canvas, 165 x 200 cm

let to right:

Le garçon au pantalon rouge (The Boy With a Red Pant), oil on canvas, 73 x 60 cm

La chaise (The Chair), oil on canvas, 65 x 50 cm

Avant l'orage (Before the Storm), oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm

Sur la plage (On the Beach), oil on canvas, 150 x 180 cm

Dans la maison aux dessins (In the Drawings House), oil on canvas, 170 x 140 cm

François Malingrëy

Where are we?

On Planet Malingrëy, we must peel away the layers of convention.

Until we are left nude, or nearly. Look upon the birds, unfazed by their presence and affecting an act of agreement on an undefined subject. The fabrics—stretched sheets of fluid materials—compose the space, creating an air of both unveiling and mystery. Only otherworldly beings have the keys to decode such a presence in the world. And yet these paintings speak to us, Earthlings. Where are we? How is it that we don’t have the answer?

Should we be looking elsewhere?

Confronted with the scenes laid out by the artist, we wait endlessly. We dive in, immersing ourselves in a subconscious that touches the soul, and submits it to the timeless universe of contemplation. Subversive yet soothing: anything can happen. One ends up thinking the messages that are admitted, those of accepted decorum, are just a narrow way of seeing the world.

The inhabitants of Planet Malingrëy open doors to the abyss that saves us from certainties.

We can doubt.

At last.

And come to understand that, to live, we have but to question ourselves.

Without hesitation.


Dans le salon (in the living room), oil on canvas, 81 x 100 cm

Portrait d'une jeune fille (Potrait of a Young Lady), oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm

left to right: La fille et les ibis (The girl and the ibises), oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm | Après une journée de soleil (After a Sunny Day), acrylic on terra-cota, 20 x 10 cm

Les Silencieux — Quiet People

Having trained as an illustrator, Malingrëy’s relationship with images is uninhibited. Like many artists of his generation, he feels free to borrow images from a diverse range of repertoires, often rendered by computer, and recycle them in a new context. In this way, at the risk of proving a touch superficial, he plays with collage as a visual artist. For him, “before a painting depicts a battle horse, a nude woman, or tells a story, it is in essence a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order”. While most of his contemporaries content themselves with virtual images, he seems deeply attached to the materiality of his work.

Placing value on hand-crafted work, his accentuates the limits of the art form, whether painting or sculpture. In this spirit, he practises portraiture as a musician might practise their scales, producing series of portraits tightly focused on the model’s face. Paradoxically, his almost artisanal use of chisel or brush lets him give substance to ethereal images. For doesn’t a slow creative process invite the creator to delve deeper? At the age of thirty, the artist demonstrates an exceptional mastery of the visual arts. While he borrows images, the expression he creates with them is truly personal. (...)