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Flo Jaouen

United States

1 Works exhibited

Current location

Morbihan, France

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae

- Graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
- Member of the Taylor Foundation
- Member of Figuration Critique (2013-2014)
- Member of the Maison des Artistes

She has chosen painting to tell. Her process of narrative figuration is impregnated with the intimate and the link with the other where an amused formalism is extracted which breaks the first coherence of the astonishment.

Flo Jaouen makes beings dialogue, turned towards their interiority or directed towards the others. These identities, these representations of oneself, are obvious characters of our conscious and unconscious. Real characters but also statues, dolls or figurines, they question us frontally on what we reflect. This complexity of the individual is portrayed in a world, a closed space where the reference points of place and time become blurred. Extracted from their contexts, the characters free themselves from the settings and from any narration that could reveal their universe. Their situations compose a fiction which shakes the codes whose intrigue escapes us vertiginously.

The artist paints a reality that moves, fascinates, amazes, entertains, questions and worries at the same time. The innocence of young protagonists confronted with the adult world results in a delightful humor that refers, not without malice, to the ambivalence of childhood; a home of love and tension.

When one takes the time to look at Flo Jaouen's paintings, little by little the atmosphere is transformed, the gaze passes through a new prism. The benevolent feelings fade away in favor of hostile sensations, springing up like the empirical effects of fatigue, weariness, the stress of grown-ups facing their cheeky blond heads. The artist plays with naïveté to create disorder and reveal a world of tension between beings. She conjures up the predictable and disturbs the expected. "I like to make the scene alive, my characters must express an emotion. I wish to transmit in my paintings a force that I feel deep inside, the energy of life.

His works escape this form of primary realism, purely illustrative. The figuration is built on a critical language, the questioning of a humanity. "At a certain point of realism, of detail, one cannot invent. Reality is much richer than the imaginary. The construction works at the same time the figure and the space. The structure of the plain background calls for the position of the body and vice versa. The original framings give the impression of volume. This spatial hierarchy includes in its space the one who looks at it.

The artist prepares his sketch on computer from photos of his relatives or strangers. The reduced and soft palette participates in a purified atmosphere.
"The color is for me secondary and less important than the story.
The expression of the scene appears by getting rid of any aestheticism, any unnecessary ornament. The concentrated reality, decenters the question of the reference point in a minimalist decor where the unity of the place is erased.

The child is presented in his interior environment, a living room, a room emptied of all furniture except for a couch. This recurring element underlines a situation that is meant to be analytical. It is an invitation to place oneself in a position to listen and look for a better understanding of the narrative. The transference is organized in favor of the subjective appropriation of parts of life; the illustrations of a collective memory. Everyone has experienced or witnessed such a situation.

Tensions, points of imbalance, striking details, grimaces... The bodies, the looks speak for themselves. By persisting in giving meaning to the image, the artist takes care to specify as much as possible the signs that could feed the narrative dimension.
"I want the viewer to ask questions, to decipher a message. During my childhood, I spent my time playing. I remember the joy of inventing stories, of creating situations. Finally, I continue to play today in a different way on the web.
A little girl putting on her father's too big shoes, a young boy learning to tie his shoes or reading a book that doesn't seem to be meant for him... All these scenes show how the child gains little by little his independence in front of the disillusioned presence of the adult who sleeps or seems to divert his attention.

With its flat colors and painting that gives individuals a real psychological depth, his work evokes those of Edward Hopper. As with the American realist painter, the staging of relationships with others gradually accentuates the boundary between interior and exterior space. This metaphysical atmosphere plunges the human figure into a certain solitude. This approach is also found in Leonardo Cremonini, whom Flo Jaouen readily cites as a reference for his lines, his geometric forms and his subjects with an expressive and melancholic force.

She also alleges her admiration for Vassily Kandinsky and his narrative of voluble abstract elements that have particularly influenced her work. The disturbing and tortured atmosphere of Francis Bacon and Gerard Garouste are other master referents for the painter. But with her realistic and sharp style, her work could be considered as part of the figurative heritage of Lucian Freud and his models painted in his empty studios on beds and sofas, in unusual poses, sometimes with raw attitudes.

Seductive by its technical mastery, Flo Jaouen's painting heckles the visible order by its narrative tone. His human figures filled with meanings and attachments constitute a pictorial story as sensitive as it is off-axis, allowing us to reach an essential and surprising angle.

Canoline Critiks (July 26, 2018)

  • Degree in painting from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
  • Member of the Fondation Taylor
  • Member of Figuration Critique (2013-2014)
  • Member of the Maison des Artistes
  • Member of Kazoart
  • Represented by ArtEthic Galerie on Artsper
  • Represented by Maison Contemporain

Major salons and collective exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2019 : Regards croisés, ArtEthic Galerie, Paris
  • 2008 : Bistrot d'autrefois, Tours
  • 2008 : ESSEC-EME, CNIT La Défense
  • 2007 : Relais de Courlande, Loges-en-Josas
  • 2007 : Château du Clos de la Ribaudière, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
  • 2007 : Maison du Tourisme, Montfort l'Amaury
  • 2006 : Séchoir à peaux, Chevreuse
  • 2006 : Maison Félix, Montigny-le-Bretonneux



Works by Flo Jaouen

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120 x 100 cm

2640,00 €


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