Francis

Francis


 

Besançon has been painting for ten years, and has spent the last three engaged in an intensive enquiry into the discipline, seeking to deepen his understanding of his practice.

 


Painter

Jean-Baptiste Besançon

Jean-Baptiste Besançon is an artist based in Bordeaux, France. His paintings begin as acts of improvisation. “I do not know what is to come when I paint,” he says. “Sometimes there is a magical happening in the first stroke, but I always have to reflect on the painting carefully.” He has been painting for ten years, and has spent the last three engaged in an intensive enquiry into the discipline, seeking to deepen his understanding of his practice. “My paintings used to be experiments. Now, I have my own way. I need to paint; it is not just a pleasure.”

Besançon was born in Bordeaux, and studied graphic design in Paris before returning to his home city to pursue painting. He is self-taught, although he became familiar with the medium at a young age. He works horizontally, applying thick layers of acrylic paint to unprimed cotton and linen canvases, using bold, dynamic brushstrokes that seep deep into the material. He composes in the moment, staying as close as possible to his gut feeling. “Painting is a language for me,” Besançon says, “I try to get inside the painting. Sometimes the act of creating is like a fight, other times more like a dialogue.”

For Besançon, his practice is an expression of personal truth: “I paint as truthfully as possible; there is a part of myself present in these paintings. I hope people will be guided by the paintings’ shapes, dynamism, and colours, and that they will find a part of themselves there too.”