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Jean-Luc Thebaud

I was born in Nantes, France. My father was an architect. I grew up surrounded by his work and his passion for Van Gogh, Picasso, and Degas. I moved to Paris and had the chance to meet the well-known film director, Marcel Carne (“The Children of Paradise”). He encouraged me and helped me to use my creativity to express myself until his death. The work of M.C. Escher has influenced me to come back to my first love of artwork & architecture. In the “cube”, I incorporate architecture to create 3-dimensional geometric drawings in black and white.
When I moved to the USA, the shock between the old and the new continents marked my transition to a new medium. From the desert of Arizona to the ocean of Florida, I have been inspired to use oil paint and deep, intense colors.
My pen and ink work is like a “search of lost time.” Through the details of a door, a street, a monument or a Parisian scene, I have been able to capture the early European Architecture of the 16th-19th centuries.
One of my latest works, “Megalopolis”, is a perfect fusion of my passions. I used ink and colors to express my vision of the metallic, flamboyant, glassy texture of large American cities. To this day, I am still fascinated by mixing colors and textures.
I have created a painted series on a large canvas, known as my “Triptych” line, which is based on a contemporary style using mostly acrylic, and some oil. This line of work has provided great success and a sense of accomplishment to me.
I perform commission artwork jobs, one of which was to design custom tabletops, using a unique scene from Florida with a nice resin-shine finish to enhance & protect them.

Please tell us more about yourself!


How Covid-19 has affected your life and has inspired your work?

To tell you the truth my studio building has been sold, no more studio. then since March, I’m currently working for a French decorating team which leaves me no time on the side, so creating art it’s on pause.

Tell us more about your work:

My work is based on architecture mostly monochrome. I have added color in recent years, going in a more contemporary direction.

What are your plans post-pandemic?

Find a new ArtStudio

What project/projects are you working on?

I will resume the acrylic series I started a year ago.

How do you keep motivated:

Never give up.

Which artist do you admire most, the one that may have influenced your work?

M C Escher

Where do you go to get inspired?

I get my inspiration through colors

Where do you do most of your work?

In my art studio

An inspiration that you can pass on to others:

Keep believing

Are you doing anything to help others/organizations?

When there is an opportunity, yes!

Anything else you would like to include?

Never give up!

The works featured here are available for purchase directly through the Artist. The Artist makes 100% of the profit from the sale of the artwork, so this is a great time to support them while enhancing your art collection. The artist will directly pack and ship the product to you.
All works are original and signed by the artist!
For more information on these featured artworks or to make a purchase you can email:
Jean-Luc directly at [email protected]

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