Fanch Ledan (1949–)
“Fanch” (as he signs his work, a Breton nickname for Francois) is noted for delightful scenes of his native Brittany and locales from around the world executed in a colorful ‘primitive’ or naïve style. While a student at the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales in Paris in 1968, Fanch began to paint and soon abandoned commercial design in favor of full-time studies in painting and fine art.
Fanch’s talent and achievement in painting were quickly recognized by critics abroad, and his work was accepted by the two major European exhibitions: the prestigious “Salons des Artistes Francaises” and the “ Salon des Peintres temoins de leur temps.” Fanch became involved with printmaking in 1973 when he learned the difficult technique of lithography in Paris, and later serigraphy, which became his preferred choice for the creation of original prints. Fanch creates imaginary scenes that run the gamut from exotic locations throughout the world, to intimate interiors. His interior scenes will often feature hanging paintings of the artists he most admires—a way for him to pay homage to their influences on his own art. His landscapes have a romantic mood and beckon the viewer to enter them. Fanch will often create combinations of locations that cannot exist in reality, like a view of the Taj Mahal or the Pyramids of Egypt from an elegant private balcony. His works feature a remarkable sense of detail and color subtlety. Most often they are absent of figures within the composition, but a human presence is felt by the remnants of the people who occupy the space, a pair of eyeglasses can often be spotted somewhere in a Fanch interior.
Since 1973 Fanch has had more than fifty one-person shows including exhibitions at the Pantechnicon Gallery, San Francisco; Centrao d’Arte Naivo, Milan; Galerie Malle, Aurray, France; and Champs-Elysees, Paris, and Park West Gallery, Southfield, Michigan. He has participated in group-shows in Germany, France, Venezuela and Italy as well as in the United States. Fanch’s second hardcover book, a catalog raisonne of his complete graphic works, with introduction by art historian, Eleanor Hight is slated for publication in early 2003.