FOUILHOUX Jean-François, ceramic, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 2000

Since my installation in Mont-près-Chambord in 1976, I study celadon, seeking unobtainable information in books.

Ten years later, in 1986, a weighing error leads me towards this mesmerizing, mythical, satin and translucent material, to which I still devote all my mind and all my time. Although today I regained the technical principles that govern the formation of the famous "fat reflection”, I multiply tirelessly testing, always looking for a new perfection in the quality of a satin tone or in the shade of a tone.

Celadon provides a sensation of sweetness, a sense of infinite depth. In contrast, this serenity allows me to exalt tension, some drama in the complex, vivid and sometimes twisted sculptures.

The outside parts are carved from a block of very soft clay. Forms barely organized but dynamic, abundant and nervous, drawn in a quick gesture, then take birth, retaining at their surface traces of this brutal and passionate genesis.

After an early drying, the clay is hardened and I dig inside. The action is lasting, clay became hard, the lines tighten then become set, and surfaces smooth. Some edges, projections more or less tapered will then fill the vacuum, rhythm and organize it. They are the idea and thought I aggregates with most sensual forms from the outside. On the most recent sculptures, the modeling of a fleshy lip opposes the tension of a line sharp as a blade where the material disappears. The opposition between the indefinite and the defined greatly attracts me, and underpins my work. I like this progression from the effect of material where everyone can let his fantasy enter, to a well-defined form which expresses a symbolic aesthetic universe.

Jean-François Fouilhoux

What represents for me the path of a successful artist is his ability to create a work that will stand the test of time.

In this sense, Jean-François Fouilhoux's career is exemplary.
His work is both timeless and universal; by the choice he made to concentrate his research on celadon, to the point of excelling in the technical mastery of this enamel from Asia, and above all by the choice to rely on this technique to develop a formal statement that he has been able to develop over the decades.

Starting from the earth to go towards the sky, inviting the viewer to a sensory journey, among the folds and folds, the transparencies and cracks.

One discovers in each line the strength of the gesture which determined it. We perceive this vibratory impulse, the meeting of the full and the empty, a fragile balance that echoes our human condition. Like a link that we could finally weave between cultures, a language that each being could decipher and share.

Art as a universal language, what better to hope for?

Laura Capazza-Durand


Born in 1947

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués, Paris

Member of the International Academy of Ceramics

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1980  Internationale Handwerkmesse München, Allemagne, gold medal

1982  Biennale de Vallauris, Price of the ceramics chambre syndicale

1995  Max Laeuger Preis, Lörrach, Germany, First price

1998  The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland, New Zeland, first price

1999  Internationale Handwerkmesse München, Germany, Bayerischer Straatspreis

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Public collections

Musée National de Céramique, Sèvres, France

Centre National d’Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

Musée de Vallauris, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mulhouse, France

Musée Déchelette, Roanne, France

Musée Bertrand, Châteauroux, France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Alsace, France

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Basse Normandie, France

Musée Pingé, Angers, France

Musée Bernard Palissy, Saint-Avit, France

Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller

Musée Van Dam Van Bommel, Venlo, Netherlands

Musée Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Musée Ariana, Genève, Swiss

Musée de Lörrach, Germany

Museen im Grassi, Leipzig, Allemagne

Fletcher Collection, Aukland, New-Zeland

Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pilinitz, Dresden, Germany

Kunstammunlungen, Coburg, Germany

Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany

Museum of Arts and Design, New-York, USA

L.A. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA

Shimada Museum, Japon

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Exhibitions selection

2021  Enfances, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay
114ème Salon des Artistes Orléanais, Empreintes sensibles, Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier, Orléans

2020  Le torse d’une femme à la pureté d’un vase, grands courbes simples d’un fruit désiré, Parcours d’art contemporain autour d’Auguste Rodin, 1 exhibition, 5 locations, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay 

2019   L’arbre c’est le temps rendu visible, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France.
Art Fair Tokyo .Sokyo Gallery, Japan.
Galerie Collection , Paris. One man exhibition.
Permutation, Fouilhoux, Courbet. Galerie XXI, Paris.
Re-Naissance(s), collective exhibition, carte blanche à la Galerie Capazza, Hôtel Gouin, Tours

2018  Sokyo Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
Tsinghua University Art Museum, Pékin, Chine.
Galerie Bourdette-Gorzkowski, Honfleur, France. One man exhibition.
Miroir des sentiments, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France.

2017  Galerie Atelier 28, Lyon, France. One man exhibition.
Espace Mayorga, Suhescun, France. One man exhibition.
Art Elysée with the Galerie Capazza, Paris.
Quand l’art façonne le lien, Prieuré de Charrière, Châteauneuf de Galaure, France.
Soixante dix céladons, Collection Caillat, Musée de la Méditerranée, St Quentin la poterie,    France. Curator of the exhibition.
Céladon, Claude Champy et Jean-François Fouilhoux, Musée Bernard Palissy, St. Avit,  France.
Les jardins de Bomarzo, Espace privé Hélène Aziza, Paris.
Il est grand temps de rallumer les étoiles, collective exhibition, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France.

2016  Le geste, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Allemagne. One man exhibition.
Viviane Sabouret, Espace privé Hélène Aziza, Paris.
Rouge,Musée de la Méditerranée, St Quentin la poterie, France.
Vénus et Vulcain, exposition collective, Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France.

2015  Galerie Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin la Poterie, France
Design Days, Dubaï, Emirats Arabes Unis.
Rouge de cuivre, Galerie Jean D’Albis. Paris, France.
Vingt ans, Galerie Empreintes. Aydat, France.
Printemps des Arts » Cotignac, France.
Galerie Puls. Bruxelles, Belgique. One man exhibition.
International Art Ceramic Festival, Sasama, Japan. Artist invited.

2014  Galerie Nadia B, Dieulefit, France

2013  Compagnie de la Chine et des Indes, Paris
Galerie du Don, Le Fel, France

2012  « Ligne nue », Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

2011Galerie Mayorga. Suhescun, France
Otto Utstilling 2011.Ottohuset, Finnoy, Norway
Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

2010« Calligraphies d'argile » Galerie Hélène Porée, Paris, France
Artiste invité, Château de Saint-Amand en Puisaye, France

« Dancing » Galerie Empreinte. Aydat, France

« Le Sel », artiste invité, Sèvres, France

Centre céramique contemporaine de La Borne, France

2009« Adventures of the Fire » The 5th World Ceramic Biennale 2009 Korea. World

Contemporary Ceramics. Artiste invité.

Musée Théodore Deck, Guebwiller, France

2008Galerie Loes & Reinier, Deventer, Netherlands

Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille, France

Galerie Carla Milivinti, Blois, France

2007French Museum, résidence, Fuping, China

2006Galerie Pierre. Paris, France

Tong-in Auction Gallery. Seoul, South Korea

Sofa NYC 2005, Galerie B15, New-York, USA

Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Bruxelles, Belgium

2005Arita Porcelain Museum, Arita, Japan

« Céladon, la lumière captive », Collections Baur, Genève, Switzerland

Galerie Terra Viva, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, France

Galerie Geneviève Godar, Lille, France

Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2005, Corée du Sud. Invited artist

2004Galerie Nadia B. Dieulefit, France

First Biennale of Ceramic of Taiwan.

Workshop. Taipei County Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan

2003Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

2002“ The Stuff of Dreams- Matière de Rêves” Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA

Maison du Loir et Cher, Blois, France

Espace Saint Jean, Melun, France

2001Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hôhr-Grenzhausen, Germany

Galerie Loes & Reinier, Devanter, Netherlands

Galerie Geneviève Godard, Lille, France

Galerie Sarver, Paris, France

2000"Ceramics at the Turn of the Millennium, Galerie Helen Drutt, Philadelphia, USA.

" Rêves de Jade", Galerie le Vieux Bourg, Lonay-près-Morges, Switzerland

Galerie Tony Rocfort, Rennes, France

1999Internationale Handwerkmesse Mùnchen 99, RFA. Bayerisher Staatspreis.

Galerie Sarver, Paris

Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur, France

Galerie B 15, Mùnchen, Germany

1998The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award", Aukland, New Zeland
Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

1997Galerie Hamelin, Honfleur, France

1996Hôtel de Ville de Choisy-le-Roi, France

Galerie B 15, München, Germany

1995Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

Galerie du Puits Châtel, Blois, France

Galerie Le Vieux Bourg, Lonay-près-Morges, Switzerland

1994"Le Céladon", Galerie le Vieux Bourg, Lonay-près-Morge, Switzerland

1993Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

1992"L'Artère essentielle", Maison de la Céramique, Mulhouse, France.

1989"The 2nd International Ceramics Compétition 89", Mino, Japan

1988Galerie La Marge, Blois, France.

1986Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

Meckenheim, RFA

1985Galerie Arcadie, Lyon, France

1984Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

1983Galerie Feiter, Bad Honnef, RFA

1982Galerie Noëlla Gest, Saint Rémy de Provence, France

Galerie DM Sarver, Paris, France

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