After a childhood in the south of France, Jean-Luc Maniouloux moved in Paris for studies in advertising and graphic design.
His aneries often take him to the galleries of the Natural History Museum, in the cabinets of curiosities of the capital and other taxidermist developing a taste for the animal world, insects in particular. He makes a career in advertising and illustration for major publishers then turned to design and the plastic arts where his atypical and endearing work quickly attracts the attention of many international collectors.
His works include now on the walls of individuals on five continents ! With poetry tinged with humor and an implacable and often minimalist.
Unlike the triumphal, imposing and silent march of the great gallery of the evolution of the Parisian Museum, the animal universe of the artist is on scale reduced, consisting of ants, butterflies or bumblebees. Less majestic their progress is none the less without consequences. Thus, our manufactured universe, strong and protective is undermined by the impact of a tiny fauna and determined to live her life despite the constraints that surround her.
These are ephemeral and poetic moments where time seems suspended so shattered by an electric light bulb as a bumblebee passes by.
-In your works, Jean-Luc, we can say that the exhortation of the poet Lamartine “ O time, suspend your flight ! ” Particularly applies.
– Absolutely ; most of my creations are like a snapshot, a 3D photo made nevertheless in quite traditional materials.
The action is frozen in pain action, time is suspended.
– We were talking about Lamartine; more distressing is the question of the philosopher Alain:
” How long will the weather suspend its flight ? ”
– There, I trust the new generations of glues.
Jean-Luc Maniouloux currently lives and works in the heart of Paris in a charming little workshop surrounded by a garden where butterflies and bees live, but, promise ! no one disturbs the other !