Jean Soyer was born in 1937.
He studied graphics and lithography in Paris then worked as Director of an advertising agency.
The works of Jean Soyer are radiant with a soft, bright and sensual energy.
Within a dynamic and powerful abstraction he succeeded in expressing an inner universe with multiple echoes through an intense movement.
His painting does not represent anything but instead creates a manifestation of telluric forces.
He searches for more than abstraction, he seeks out the essence of all things.
Jean Soyer’s painting makes us think about Chinese calligraphy: one unique brush stroke which represents a meditative immersion of the artist.
His painting is very personal, full of imagination and creativity, full of music and rhythm.
He is not trying to make art but to translate an authentic feeling drawn from the experience of life.
His is a passionate painter where one is transported by the dynamic of the movement.
An art that invades space
by Hilda Van Heel (Luxemburger Wort)
Lines of strength, centres of energy, flaming colors
that seem to move on different stages:
Lights and dramatic contrasts give a great presence and intensity to Jean Soyer’s paintings
This French painter who exhibited at Paris Orly’s airport, at the Europeen Parlement of Strasbourg and Brussel, on the rooftop of La Grande Arche Paris la Défense,
Invites us to visualise his world of opulente expressions.
The gesture is vital, an unctuous paste;
Bright colors defy dark shades – yellow, red, white
Spread into space and seem to take birth in the actual state of creation.
Here is a painting that has a perfum of liberty,
An art which censes the meeting of volumes,
and the impulse of motions.
A black stream takes place on a red slick,
And an impetuous vortex is emphasized by a white hint.
But his signature is also the promise of
A certainly balanced and imposing composition;
His sens of volume makes his work
Assurely clother from Franz Kline’s than Willem de Kooning’s.
The paint is applied with a knife, hazardous but certain lines,
movements turn into colors and appear victorious and appeased:
We are attracted by the alliance of stunning oppositions
From the gateway of the gallery; lights give life to the geometry of origins.
Abstraction is dynamic.
The inner vision is translated in slight and clear motions, the paste spreads lightly.
We also like the light reflections that come in subtle echos to soften those dark hues
A deep black makes the other colors vibrate, the mauve and the sensual ochre.
Those layers of strenghts may be cleaved in sharp claws.
And an harmony is born from shadows and lights,
A red blade sublimates the whites, black and greys
Form a volume and rise in signs.
Nothing is ever bounded, darks are full of different tints,
Irregularities appear to revive the canvas.
Colors are charged with emotions,
We gaze at a dazzling blue,
Reds are transparent and overlap,
As if reality was made of sheets we could turn one by one.
Hilda Van Heel
Born in 1937, after his artistic degree at Estienne school of art,
Jean Soyer managed, in a powerful and dynamic expression,
To express, with intense motions, a world full of multiple resonances.
A moving abstraction
by Patrice de la Perrière
Director of « Univers des Arts »
Jean Soyer’s sudden and sharp form of expression
Shines way beyond his paintings.
His impulsive gestures rise from deep within his being,
As if his sensations reaching a maturity of expression,
were looking in haste for a way to emerge.
He creates using the traditionnal japanese way of meditation and gathering of thoughts, that enventually turn into spiritual fuel.
His spirit cleaned off of all mental distortion is able to draw pure lines.
Jean Soyer’s quest in art is dedicated to the energies
and harmonies contained in every objects.
He doesn’t seek the sole act of creation,
but rather to translate the authenticity acquired in life’s experience.
He tends to retrieve the primary gesture which is base of all creation.
His abstraction is inspired of the infitie wealth of nature;
His reds radiate and are like fusion of primal matter,
His blacks are evocative and recall of the original shadows
And his yellows the origins of the world.
His artistic perception endeavours to catch the vital impulse of gushing matters.
This idea of the writer Fabienne Verdier perfectly
translates the approach of Jean Soyer’s art :
« Art isn’t about saying, but suggesting
and more than a landscape, you suggest your mind and its quality;
you unveal, through a branch of hazel or a mountain
your personnal disposal.
What is remarkable, is that you suggest it without saying it,
Like poetry suggests emotions. »
In front of Jean Soyer’s art,
We are transported within the creative process.
Fusions occur, connexions happen in front of us, the creation shivers.
Shadows seek for lights, they cross, touch, and finaly entwine;
Volumes inflect, meet, touch and merge.
It’s the show of the unfinished that happens right before our eyes,
A sublimed vision, thrilling and moving, of the movements in creation.
Hong Kong: ROUGE Ephémère Art Gallery
Paris : ‘Le Marais’ Gallery
Montpellier: ‘Ecusson’ Gallery
Switzerland, Lausanne: IAM InterARTmania Gallery
London: ‘John Adams Fine Art’ Gallery
CHINA: National Museum of Beijin « l’art actuel »
JAPAN: Matsumoto, Tokyo, Aoyama Museums
YOKOHAMA: French-Japanese Arts Festival
PARIS: Grandes Signatures « International Salon »MAC 2000
Autumn Salon: SNBA French Artists Salon
BELGIUM: Liège 30 European Artists
DRAVEIL : Castle Exhibition
HONG KONG :
– French May 2014
– Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2014, 2015 and 2016
– Asia Contemporary Art Show Hong Kong 2014 and 2015