Jean Arcelin

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Jean Arcelin
Born(1962-06-22)June 22, 1962
NationalitySwitzerland Swiss
EducationSorbonne, Paris
Known forteaching & painting

Jean Arcelin is a French and Swiss teacher and painter born in Paris in June 1962. He studied at Charpentier, a licensed art history school at the Sorbonne,[1] where he developed an interest in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century painting. His paintings incorporate elements of false realism and figurative art, as well as some elements of Baroque.

His pictorial compositions are simply the results of his imagination without any cinematographic aids, using principally the oil canvas technique called “alla prima”, keen to the original impressionist painters, which cancels the initial undercoated and glazed steps. Landscapes edge with the urban sea, and combine with portraitist gesture. He takes corners of Paris, cafe chairs piled up in the angle of view of a monument, or the dressing room of a theatre, and portrays them empty of all human presence. He participated in the Ebel sponsored Art and Culture in Basel and in Villa Schwob, Switzerland from 1990 to 1995[2] and exhibited in 1989, 1990 and 1999 at the Institut de France.

He created paintings on order for several major companies including Ebel watches (1990), Dom Ruinart Champagne (1992), Natixis Bank (2000) or Tiffany & Co. (2012, 2013) and has exhibited regularly in France, Switzerland and the US since 1990. He lives in Paris.

In 2007, the town of Bergerac in the Dordogne devoted a retrospective exhibition of 40 of his works at the Rectory Saint Jacques.

He is referenced in the Benezit Dictionary of Artists as well as in the Swiss Who's Who.

Recent exhibitions[edit]

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2006- 2010: Galerie 26 Place des Vosges, Paris.
  • 2013: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta.
  • 2010- 2016: Besharat Gallery, Atlanta.
  • 2010, 2011: Ariel Sibony Gallery, Place des Vosges, Paris.
  • 2010, 2011: Sibman Gallery, Place des Vosges, Paris.
  • 2010, 2015: Galerie Fert, Yvoire, France.

Selected group exhibitions

  • 2011, 2012, 2013: Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach.
  • 2010, 2011, 2012: The Affordable Art Fair (AAF), New York City.
  • 2011: Scope Basel, Switzerland.
  • 2011: ArtMRKT, San Francisco.
  • 2011: Scope, New York City.
  • 2011: Lille European Art Fair.
  • 2011: MIA Art Fair, Miami.
  • 2010: The Red Dot, Miami.
  • 2010: Art London, Chelsea.


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Biography Jean Arcelin in Delarge dictionary Retrieved February 4, 2011
  2. ^ Biography "Jean Arcelin". SIKART dictionary and database. Retrieved February 4, 2014



  • Jean Arcelin, Besharat Gallery editions, 2013. (63 pages)
  • Catalogue for the exhibition Jean-Arcelin, impressions of Italy, preface by Lydia Harambourg. Galerie 26’s edition, 2009. ISBN 978-2-9132-9019-8
  • Monograph Mirage and conjuring. 96 pages, 57 colour reproductions. Galerie 26’s edition, 2008. ISBN 2-913290-17-5
  • Catalogue for the exhibition Jean Arcelin, recent paintings, preface by Lydia Harambourg. Galerie 26’s edition, 2007. ISBN 978-2-9132-9016-7
  • Jean Arcelin. Basel, Hardhof. Espace Art and Culture Ebel, 1990. Texts by Gérard Xuriguera. Grandson, 1990. ISBN 978-2-8837-2000-8

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