Was born in Lyon in 1977. Lives and works in Toulouse
François Bel is a multidisciplinary artist, equally at ease with painting, sculpture and installations. His work is as eclectic as his inspirations : influenced by Street Art, from which he borrows its system of repetition and variation, he is also interested in "New Realism" movements, which particularly appeal to him, as do Dada and Pop Art, for the way they subvert daily objects in order to criticise today's consumer society, like Duchamp's ready-mades.
François Bel reappropriates each material, working in turn with nylon cord for his suspensions and wire for his sculptures. He makes play with the idea of compartmentalisation, enclosing some of his sculptures in wire mesh, condemning contemporary society yet again for its individualism and materialism.
In this way, each medium serves an approach that is both artistic and philosophical. His small "Big Bangs" set in synthetic crystal, as though frozen in the explosion's ultimate moment of grace, make us reflect on passing time which is frittered away and undeniably survives us. In a society where everything happens increasingly quickly and mankind controls a great many things, François Bel crystallises every person's dream by stopping time for an instant in his works. A mixture of frustration and fascination, his sculptures mirror our civilisation, anger and rebellion, imprisoned and confined in economic, cultural, social and political contexts.
François Bel is exhibited and collected in France, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Corea and the USA.
Exhibitions and Fairs:
Galerie Artima - Paris
Scope Miami - Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart
Partnership with the Gamba Group - Toulouse
Art Southampton - New York - Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart
Scope Basel - Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart
AAF New-York - Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart
AAF Bruxelles - Galerie Sophie Le Mée
Partnership with the Swiss watches manufacturer Corum. Exhibition at the Printemps Haussmann - Paris
Galerie Next - Toulouse
Galerie Sophie Le Mée - Ile de Ré
City Hall de Séoul - Corea - galerie BDMC
Espace Roguet - Toulouse
Galerie Marie Ricco - Calvi
Yang Hong Art Space Center - Pekin (China) - Galerie BDMC
Le fil à retordre - Centre Culturel des Mazades - Toulouse
Galerie Kunstraub - Köln - Germany - galerie BDMC
Mister Freeze, Street Art : group show with Miss Van, Oko, Legz, Gris1, Katre... - Toulouse
GMAC - Grand Marché d'art contemporain de Bastille - Paris
Open des artistes de Monaco - Group show - galerie L'Entrepôt - Monaco
Invité d'honneur de la semaine des Arts d'Aucamville - Haute-Garonne
Galerie Ingres - CRDP - Toulouse
Galerie Espacio 8/Findeskul - Madrid - Espagne
Group show Mister Freeze - Toulouse : Di Rosa, Chamizo, Costa, L'Atlas, Tilt, Mist, Gris 1...
Cow Parade - Toulouse. Ventes aux enchères et édition d'un catalogue
Exhibition and artist residency in the gallery Is'Art - Antananarivo - Madagascar
Les Sens de l'Art - Aéroport de Blagnac - Toulouse
Galerie Mandy'Art - Toulouse