WHO IS JEAN FRANCOIS DETAILLE?
The art rebel!
Jean Francois studied art at “Institut des Arts et Techniques Appliquees” in his home town of Namur. Nurtured by his father an art fanatic and his passionate art teacher, Marcel Warrant. Jean Francois discovered art at the early age.
After completing his art education at the “Academie des Beaux Arts” . Jean Francois final school project was on the theme of art as a performance. In the foot steps of Yves Klein, Jean Francois wanted to take art off the walls of the museums to perform it live on stage with before the audience very eyes. He created Extreme Art, an art form where the artist create large canvasses without any preliminary sketches in an impromptu manner achieving the pieces within minutes and in one flow. By doing so giving the art a fresh explosive look and a sense of immediacy. At the time, artists were painting mostly within the walls of their studios. Jean Francois took the world by storm performing his art from Paris to Dubai and of course Las Vegas. Since Jean Francois performed more than 3000 corporate performances and thousands Las Vegas shows. Jean Francois appeared on numerous television shows around the world. He was awarded of Entertainer of the year from Paris to Las Vegas by numerous organizations. Today Jean Francois takes his art to a series of new exciting projects as: “Painting with the great whites”, “painting on a bivouac on the walls of the Yosemite” to the Everest camp in the Himalayas. Jean Francois reside in Las Vegas and the coast of Oregon.
“TO BE AN ARTIST IS TO BELIEVE IN LIFE.”
“ART IS MY MOTHER TONGUE.
WHY EXTREME ART
FROM AEROBICS TO ACTION PAINTING
Aerobics pioneer early eighties Jean Francois combined his enthusiasm and energy into performance painting.
SPEED PAINTING WOULD BE UNDERRATED
Extreme artist, adventurer, solo climber, sailor, Jean Francois turned his excitement for extreme sports into extreme painting performances using paint, brooms mops, large sponges, fire, paint pigments powder,light to convey his energy into the canvas and leave a trace of immediacy and powerless to it. Every of his performances are spontaneous and played to music.
Jean Francois spent his youth vacationing in the South of France in Provence and the Catalonia region of Spain where his father was friend with the local artists, being exposed to plein air painters and portrait artists. Jean Francois met the famous surrealist, Salvador Dali and visited his house in Port Lligat a few steps from his parent’s vacation hub. Jean Francois was invited to the opening of the Dali museum witnessing Dali live painting his creation of Don Quixote right on the plaza facing the museum. Jean Francois was not only impressed by Dali’s skills at sketching but by his panache and exuberant personality.
THE EXPLORER AND NATURE LOVER
Jean Francois was a bit of a rebel, an avid enthusiast of extreme sports, Judo black belt, he also join the early steps of paragliding, base jumping, bungee jumping and sport rock climbing in the French Alpes. he also earned an instructor degree in Scuba diving at the famous CIP Bendor the very first Scuba school in the world and with his instructor Claude Arzillier the very first scuba instructor in the world. Jean Francois, painted on K2, under water with the great white sharks, flying his hot air balloon, and on platform bivouac half way up half dome in Yosemite.
FIRST PAINTING PERFORMANCE
I AM NOT A SPEED PAINTER, I AM AN EXTREME ARTIST
He began painting his large portraits in school onto the class blackboard using chalk using the negative space of the blackboard. Later, In the eighties Jean Francois crashed the welcome ceremony of the European tour of Pope John Paul 2 by smuggling in a giant canvas in the middle of a crowd of 20,000 in louvain La Neuve, Belgium, speed painting the portrait of the pope within a few minutes before being grounded by security.
In his early 20’s he started an exercise craze called “Body language”, a sort of combination of Judo exercises and music, building a series of successful exercises studios in his home country. Jean Francois sold off his business to set sail on a journey of self discovery around the globe. For the next seven years Jean Francois made the world his canvas, painting thousands of paintings along the way. During that period Jean Francois made a stop in Miami to develop a magic illusion themed around his performance art, performing it onboard of a dozen of cruises ships.
“BEST ACT IN LAS VEGAS”
In 1998, Jean Francois was given a chance by Producer Kenneth Feld of Feld Entertainment to be one of the featured act in his new production show “MANHATTAN” at the newly built NY NY Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was the very first big exposure of Jean Francois art on the Las Vegas stripNew York New York Hotel & Casino. Jean Francois took the strip by storm with his Extreme Art, long time after labelled as speed painting by agents and copy acts.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
In 2000 Jean Francois brought his Extreme Art to the Event industry and was awarded: Entertainer of the Year making him one of the most requested entertainer/speaker in the industry. and only “painter” to be awarded “Entertainer of the year’ .Jean Francois performs more than 120 shows per year, painting unique original paintings at events around the world. His paintings regularly fetch six digits at auctions, and his portraits have immortalized everyone from Bill Gates to Nelson Mandela. Jean Francois’ client’s list includes the largest leading companies in the world: Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Merck, AT&T, Samsung, and Verizon. From Paris to Dubai, Jean Francois borrows his artistic talents to launchs Botox, Lipidor, Sun Micro Systems…joining on stage Bill Gates,Scott Mc Nealy, Carla Fiorina, Steve Jobs, immortalizing the likenesses of King Beaudouin, Hassanal Bolkiah the Sultan of Brunei, Warren Buffet, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Matkoum of Dubai, The Royal family of Barhain, Richard Petty, Nelson Mandela, Tiger Wood, Steve Ballmer, Bill Marriott, Richard Branson, Conrad Hilton, Dave Thomas, T. Boone Pickens and many more. Part of Corporate meetings Jean Francois also painted the portrait of many of CEO of Fortune 500 companies. Jean Francois kicks off the grand opening ceremony of the Ryder Cup in Kentucky, the innaugural ceremony of the new Liberty Bell home in Philadelphia, the MGM resort in Sanya Island, China, the Atlantis resort in Dubai and many more.
Jean Francois appeared on many television shows, around the globe including: Sabato Gigante, Univision, Benissimo in Switzerland, the Oakridge Boys Live in Las Vegas, Larry King Live on CNN, The Tonight Show, The Today Show…and many more.