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. 

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 texture. 

I have created a painted series on large canvas, known as my “Triptych” line, which is based on a contemporary style using mostly acrylic, and some in oil. This line of work has provided great success and a sense of accomplishment to me. 

Currently influenced by the beautiful tropical scenery of South Florida, I have been inspired to create a “Tropical Feeling” line of painted natural scenery using vibrant colors in small and large formats on natural wood. 



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