French artist Jacques Flechemuller (b. 1945) paints gestural, colorful and undoubtedly humorous figurative paintings. Described by writer Doug Harvey as a “prankster,” Flechemuller’s work combines a sense of formalist traditional painting, all the while capturing the complex emotions of the human spirit. Through playful and remarkably unique compositions, Flechemuller’s paintings arrive at a place of subtle but brilliant sophistication. In the artist’s own words “Humor is a very important function in Art. (I love when my wife stands in front of my work, laughing!) Art is often so serious, pretending to deliver important messages. For messages, there are messengers. I prefer stupid stories. The more stupid they are, the better i feel.”
Nothing But The Truth, brings together a culmination of the artist’s various aesthetics, combining a presentation of drawings and paintings for Flechemuller’s first collaboration with the gallery. Featured within this online viewing room is a selection of the artist’s work, showcasing the range and incredible variety from his hilarious and original figures, to the complete subtleties of his more minimal gestural hand. Nothing But The Truth is fun, passionate, and engages in an artistic romanticism that lifts the human spirit through Flechemuller's unbelievable ability to be fun, playful and not take the message too seriously.
A graduate of the École des Beaux Arts de Paris, Jacques Flèchemuller’s work has been exhibited regularly throughout Europe since the early 1970s, and in the United States since the mid-1980s. His numerous solo exhibitions during that time include presentations at Galerie Corinne Bonnet, Paris; PDX Contemporary Art, Portland;, Galerie Keller, Paris; Galerie Varfok, Budapest; Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn; Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York; Galerie Athisma, Lyon; Galerie Catherine Niederhauser, Lausanne; UNESCO, Paris; Annina Nosei Gallery, New York; The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Cultural Center in Montmorency.
He has also been part of various group exhibitions at galleries and institutions including the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma; Institut Hongrois de Paris; Jim Kempner Fine Arts, New York; Janco Dada Museum, Hof-Hacarmel, Israel; Musee de la Poste, France; Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle; and the RISD Museum of Art, Providence.
Flèchemuller’s work is held in a variety of public collections throughout the world including the Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; Janco Dada Museum, Hof-Hacarmel; Harvard Law School Museum, Cambridge; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Worpswede, Breme; Musee d’Art Hors les Norms, Dicy; Musee de Creation Rurale, Chalon; Musee de la Poste, Paris: Portland Art Museum, Portland; the Schwartz Art Collection at Harvard Business School, Cambridge; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.