Statement: Jean-Francois Lepage's phantasmagorical universe, blending couloured shapes and pale skin characters, mixes photographs and abstract forms after scratching the negatives itself. Pictures, both alluring and disquieting, absorbe us in a deconstructed world conducive to emotional and physical discoveries. In an oniric atmosphere, spectators attracted by the curves of bodies or simply by the palette of colours “lose themselves in pictures”. From a red dot to a white arm, you cannot help yourself looking at these frames. Deformed and reworked, in one shape or multiple facets, these archives images come back to life, with a desire to get things moving. With his cut-out technique, Lepage has created a fresh eye on art. Enigmatic and fantastic, the universe of Lepage makes us feel emotions, project images on our minds and most of all, it makes us want to create and re-imagine these photographies every time our eyes meet.
''Jean-François Lepage (b.1960) is a photographer whose working methods are closer to that of a painter. He started his photographic career as a fashion photographer in in 1980. His paradoxically alluring and disquieting photographs bear evidence to a process in which he physically cuts, draws and works into their surface to intricately evolve and brutally deconstruct the original image. Over the past three and a half decades, since his first published images appeared in Depeche Mode, he has chosen to work sporadically for editorial and advertising clients, while taking time — including a 13-year period of abstinence from commercial environs — to pursue his art through painting in a purer form. Subsequently, Lepage has maintained his distinctive voice as his imagery has evolved. More recently he has begun to pull away from fashion once more. He is currently making new work, recycling photographs from his archive to build new pictures.''
Phil Bicker – TIME LightBox Sept 2014