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Franck Chalendard

 ( 1966, Haute-Loire, France)

Born in 1966 in Haute-Loire.
Lives and works in Saint-Etienne, France.


Franck Chalendard paints. He declares himself a painter. Painting is his domain, his field of activity. Nowadays, on an art scene where many artists exceed their own ability in order to show how polyvalent they are, as well as their mastering of several techniques used in all areas of the visual arts, Chalendard instead chooses to concentrate on only one field. His work has nothing to do with counteraction but more to do with the duty painting has to respond to the questions posed in art. Chalendard offers through the emotional ability of colours a pathos-free style of painting that avoids reference to external themes. His works do not pretend to be anything other than a product, but they do demonstrate that his art does not come under a set design or form of communication unlike other forms of contemporary art.

(Source : Franck Chalendard, Editions Ceysson)


2002      La Casa de los Franceses, A.F.A.A. Mexico


Recent works by Franck Chalendard are impressive for the breadth of the issues they address  in the reality of their structure and their configuration. Anyone looking at them is soon confident that he has identified the artist's sources, or plays the game of parallels and comparisons. But these pleasant exercises prompting us to make manifest our scholarship prove both correct and vain. That is to say, there is no real need to do so, as these recent paintings confront us so much with an affirmation of the picture as an irreducible reality as to what is and what is at stake for the artist and for the observer. The juxtaposition especially of upholstery fabric pieces, carefully assembled by a seamstress, provides the artist with a support which apparently suggests some sort of allegiance to Claude Viallat's process of "butt-joining". But this process fits in very consistently with what is at the heart of Franck Chalendard's practice and quest.  This quest and practice seem stimulated and strongly guided by a kind of sense of powerlessness to go beyond the material configuration of the picture. The artist himself declares himself obliged to consider the fact that since the end of modernism and postmodernism, anyone wishing to paint is condemned to tap into a huge thesaurus of shapes and motifs, but also of theoretical concepts, and so revive them by transforming them into generators of effective novelties. At risk therefore of being able to do no more than to offer a design borrowed from vintage years to one's painting, one's own work, that has thus become proposable on the contemporary art scene once more as constitutive markers of contemporary good taste!

Remarkably, this risk was taken on by some major artists of the eighties, but then left behind and transcended. And so it is once more with some current artists such as Franck Chalendard, Sadie Laska, Lauren Luloff and Sarah Braman. Hence their interest in Claude Viallat and Supports/Surfaces from whose work of deconstruction they gain some benefit. But, fortunately, these artists are careful to avoid any submission to a theoretical device. Beyond a simple and happy predilection, they display, as does Franck Chalendard, the respect due to an initiator who paved the way, but who must at all costs be set aside, kept at a distance in order to be able to replay the game. I mean taking  the history of painting as its end, today, as in the beginning.

Doing, painting, somehow, the first picture and refining the process of making in a short series until it becomes - an impossible task - the last picture finally, making futile any attempt at repeating a gesture as painter. This is why Franck Chalendard seems little concerned by the deconstruction of the picture, and less willing to work on the properties of the support than to exploit them. The repetition of figurative or abstract motifs, widely spread by fashion and upholstery fabrics, aims to make clear in his works the very inanity of painting. And to snatch it from design. As with Bram van Velde? Probably.  But today, everything seems to have been done. Philip Taaffe, Ross Bleckner, Susanne Paesler or Christine Streuli, have already played this theme, this dialectical relationship of painting to textiles as was already questioned by Aloïs Riegl and since, among others, by Markus Brüderlin. As in his own way, at the outset, by Meyer Vaisman. By accepting this, Franck Chalendard has condemned himself  - in order to assure us of the vanity of all Kunstwollen - paradoxically to paint, to paint ceaselessly, to resume his need to be painter, picture after picture, employing and implementing, picture after picture, all of abstract painting, all painting, to free it from history, from its burial, its decline, its death, all death. But anyone defying Thanatos, Zeus, time or history, must pay the price. For Franck Chalendard by the heroic relentless restarting of his work: paint, paint, paint…

It's a simple, but very clever, gesture of painting, something that must be dared, which each time frees painting from anything that might degrade or debase it to the level of design, to the production of simple objects without necessity, archaeological evidence, one day, the taste of a moment. In this quest - still grounded in a formalism that suspends any narrative effect - a je-ne-sais-quoi, as Pierre Soulages might say, that fills the world, like Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Claude Viallat or Frank Stella, Franck Chalendard strives as Stella exhorted, to prevent painting from remaining "inert on the surface of the past": to "testify about the real world, but also about the kingdom of heaven and hell".

Bernard Ceysson, May 2014

Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Franck CHALENDARD, Luxembourg
October 16 - November 30, 2008

Franck Chalendard, Paris
September 05 - October 17, 2009

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
September 16 - November 22, 2010

Franck Chalendard, Luxembourg
January 13 - March 06, 2011

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
November 23, 2010 - January 15, 2011

Franck Chalendard, Paris
October 19 - December 01, 2012

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
September 26 - November 23, 2013

Franck Chalendard, Luxembourg
July 05 - September 20, 2014

September 17, 2015 - January 02, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Paris
September 17 - October 15, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
December 21, 2017 - February 24, 2018

Franck Chalendard , New York
June 19 - July 31, 2019

Franck Chalendard , Wandhaff
March 07 - July 18, 2020

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Christian Floquet - Franck Chalendard, Geneva
May 03 - July 14, 2012

Bagarre Générale- Dessins, Saint-Étienne
January 29 - May 03, 2009

Thema 4 : Abstraction(s), Luxembourg
December 06, 2009 - January 11, 2010

Group show, Geneva
February 04 - March 10, 2012

La Ligne Passée, Luxembourg
June 30 - September 16, 2012

Cession, Saint-Étienne
May 21 - August 02, 2015

Special Guest New York, Offsite
September 08 - September 28, 2015

“The lines of life are various, like roads and the contours of the mountains…”, Wandhaff
September 10 - October 29, 2016

10 YEARS in Luxembourg, Wandhaff
June 02 - August 04, 2018

Guerre(s), Paris
December 18, 2019 - February 01, 2020

The Spaces In Between, New York
September 09 - October 24, 2020

Solo shows

Petit Peinture d’Hiver, Ceysson & Bénétière, St Etienne

Contrails, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
Archives rêvées, mémoires de peintres, Maison d'Art Contemporain Chailloux, Fresnes

Once upon a time, Galerie Bernard Ceysson Geneva
Special guest, Galerie Zürcher, New York, États-Unis

Canevas , Galerie Bernard Ceysson Luxembourg

Franck Chalendard, Galerie L'Agart, Amilly
Bricoles et Guirlandes de Noël, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Etienne
Art Paris Art Fair
ArtGenève 2013

Peintures pour chambre à coucher, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
Wall Art Fair, Lyon
Franck Chalendard, Christian Floquet, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva

Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

Peintures sur papier, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne

Plans sur la comète, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
Galerie de l'Hôtel du département, Conseil Général de la Haute-Loire

Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

Centre régional d'art contemporain de Lacoux - Biennale de Lyon

Le 10neuf, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard
Iac galerie, St Etienne
Galerie Gubbioti, Clermont Ferrand

Groupe d'Art Contemporain, Annonay

Galerie DWLV, Lausanne, Switzerland
Galerie Nìna Menocal - Mexico, Mexico

Galerie Julìo Gonzales, Arcueil

La Borne - « Le pays où le ciel est toujours bleu », Orléans

Galerie François Rivier, Vevey, Switzerland
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Cholet

Galerie Tonnerre de Brest, St Etienne
Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris

Galerie Abel Joseph, Brussels, Belgium

Group shows

Grande section !, Centre d'art contemporain La Halle des Bouchers, Vienna

10 Years in Luxembourg, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff

Diverses sont les lignes de la vie, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Exposition inaugurale, Villa Balthazar, Valence

La puissance géographique, Galerie Delacroix, Institut Français de Tanger

Non figuratif - un regain d'intérêt ?, Abbaye Saint André Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac
Art Brussels, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
NADA, Galerie Bernard Ceysson

"At the risk of color. Claude Viallat - Franck Chalendard, Macao", Tap Seac Gallery, Macau, China
Special new guest, Galerie Zürcher, New York, États-Unis
Art Brussels, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Art Genève, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Art Rio, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Drawing Now Art Fair Paris, Galerie Bernard Ceysson

Abstraction / Figuration, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes

Où commence le futur ?, collection du MAMAC, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice
Art Brussel, Galerie Bernard Ceysson

Échappées, Colombe Marcasiano, Égide Viloux - Agart, Amilly
Franck Chalendard - Jean-Marc Dublé, Orangerie, Château du Bourg, Perreux
Art Genève, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Art Paris Art Fair

Christian Floquet - Franck Chalendard, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva
La Ligne Passée, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Le geste et la couleur, École d'art Gérard Jacot, Belfort

La peinture se porte bien en France, Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau
Bagarres générales V, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne

Choix d'un collectionneur, Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche sur Saône
Thema 4 : Abstraction(s), Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

L'attraction de l'Espace, Musée d'art Moderne St Etienne Métropole
Bagarres générales IV, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne

Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris
Quelle actualité en Rhône-alpes, Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche-sur-Saône
Regards croisés, Galerie Paul Gabert, Paris

Bagarres générales, Galerie Iac, St Etienne
Au fil des jours / Sur le fil du rasoir, carte blanche à Philippe Cyroulnik , Galerie Pitch, Paris
De toutes les couleurs la peinture, Le 19, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard

La peau du chat, Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs, Musée de l'Abbaye Ste Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne

La peau du chat, Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs, Centre d'art de Tanlay, Artothèque de Caen

Galerie municipale Julìo Gonzales, Arcueil
Novembre à Vitry, galerie municipale, Vitry-sur-Seine

Artistas franceses, Musée de Quérétaro, Mexico
Otro capitulo, Musée de Puebla, Mexico

Les 20 ans de 20 artistes, Assemblée Nationale, Paris

L'abstraction et ses territoires, le 19, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard
Peintures démarches actuelles 1, Villa du Parc, Annemasse
Hommage à Olivier Debré, Assemblée Nationale, Paris

Salon de la jeune peinture, Paris
Galerie Mic'Art, Lille
Galerie Mic'Art, Linéart, Gand, Belgium

La fabrique de parasols hors les murs, Galerie associative, Paris
Sur 3 notes autour de Geer van Velde, Galerie Louis Bernard, Polignac

Art dans la ville, Musée d'Art Moderne de St Etienne
Artistes stéphanois, galerie Nitrianska Stana-Nitra, Bratislava, Slovakia

Tendances contemporaines, Institut Casino- Pierre Guichard, St Etienne
Sans titre, L'embarcadère, Lyon

Au fond de la cour, O.T.I., St Etienne

Trienal Latina, Vieno do Castelo, Portugal
Le choix d'un collectionneur, Louis Bernard, Paris

October 2000 and May 2002 : Casa de los franceses, Mexico - Grant awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AFAA

Public Collections

Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice
Fond National d'Art Contemporain

Collection Banque Société Générale, Paris
Philharmonie du Luxembourg

Banque Européenne d'Investissement, Luxembourg

Embassy of France, Mexico
French Alliance of Mexico

Assemblée Nationale, Paris

Musée d'art Moderne, St Etienne
Yves Michaud, Éric de Chassey, Sandrine Chalendard, Bernard Ceysson, Anne Favier, Tristan Trémeau, Franck Chalendard, Éditions Modernes - Ceysson, Saint-Étienne, published in french and english.

- Bernard CEYSSON, Karim GHADDAB, Tristan TREMEAU, "Monographie Franck Chalendard", Saint-Etienne, Edictions IAC, 2015

- "Les jeux de constructions graphiques de Franck Chalendard", in Le Progrès, October 3rd 2013

- Bernard Ceysson, "Plans sur la comète", in catalogue pour l'exposition, October-November 2009
- Sandrine Peyre, "Le pire n'est jamais certain", in Chalendard et Clot, exposition Hôtel du département, Conseil Général de la Haute-Loire

Michèle BRUN, Pierre PADOVANI et Gilbert PERLEIN, "Le Chemin de Peinture", Nice, MAMAC, 2008

- Bernard Ceysson, "Pour Franck Chalendard", in Franck Chalendard Peinture 2004-2007, ed. IAC
- Eric de Chassey, "Franck Chalendard", in 20 ans d'exposition 1986-2006, Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris

- Hervé Audouard, "Enfin, presque !", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne
- Bernard Ceysson, "Et ainsi les saisons se déroulèrent pour entrer dans l'été comme le promeneur s'avance dans une herbe de plus en plus haute", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne
- Eric de Chassey, "Avant-Propos", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne
- Philippe Cyroulnik, "Au risque du tableau", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne

- Benoit Decron, Jacques Py, Claire Tanguy, "Préface", in catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", ed. Somogy, Paris
- Emilie Bernard, Carlota Charmet une femme engagée au service de l'art et des artistes, in catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", ed. Somogy, Paris
- Patrick Roussel, Franck Chalendard, in catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", ed. Somogy, Paris

- Hervé Audouard, "Enfin Presque !", in Plaquette G.A.C., Annonay

- Frank Chalendard, "Notes", in catalogue "La borne", Orléans
- Philippe Cyroulnik, in catalogue "Aux couleurs du Printemps", Assemblée Nationale
- Franck Lamy, "Bricoles", in Peinture, démarches actuelles 1, édition Villa du Parc, Annemasse.
- Jean-Louis Pradel, in catalogue "Hommage à Olivier Debré", Assemblée Nationale

- Eric Suchère, "Ce qui fait sens", in catalogue Musée d'art et d'histoire, Cholet
- Franck Chalendard, "Dessins," in Les cahiers intempestifs, n°9, November

- Eric de Chassey, Peinture, "Distance et Dépense", in Ninety, n°26, Paris
- Catherine Flohic, "Franck Chalendard", in Ninety, n°26, Paris
- Yves Michaud, "Identité composite", in L'abstraction et ses territoires, ed. le 19, Crac, Montbéliard
- Yves Michaud, "Identité composite", in Connaissance des Arts n° 550, May

- Hervé Audouard, "A une sérénité inquiète", in Chalendard-Gibert-Lacombe, ed. de la Borne, Le Puy-en-Velay


Connaissances des Arts - Marie Martaens

March 18, 2020


Point contemporain - Colin Lemoine

March 17, 2020

Un art voué à l'essentiel

Luxembourg Wort - Alain Bohler

March 16, 2020


Arts Libre -

March 11, 2020

Franck Chalendard en hibernation

L'Essor - Daniel Brignon

January 27, 2018

International artists for exhibitions XXL

Luxemburger Wort - Nathalie Becker

September 14, 2016

The lines of life are various...

The lines of life are various...

November 03, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Contrails

Franck Chalendard, Contrails

September 17, 2016