Starting as a fashion illustrator, then after some time on the Butte Montmartre, Michel Jean dedicates his time to fine art painting from 1985. After a series of experimentations, he chooses to paint in a figurative way. He is very influenced by XVIIIth century art and spent many years copying at the Louvre. This enabled him to gain a sense of that period’s rigour and adademicism.
At the same time, Michel Jean paints a lot with patterns, each touch bringing him a small amount of freedom. His style continues its evolution, both with landscapes and portraits to well knowned personalities.
His research is also based on colour. His influences are wide : from Mark Rothko to Josef Albers or Vincent Van Gogh among others. Each day marks a new struggle to free himself from his prior learnings and transform them poetically. He is mostly exposed in Japan and Paris.