Jean-Gilles Badaire was born in 1951 in Bourges (France).
His body of work as a painter presents series of recurrent figures, focusing on motifs from the world of daily objects (chairs, clay pots), of plants (bouquets, trees), humans (brides, skeletons, portraits of famous writers and poets) or mythology (Icarus, Acteon, the Phoenix). A gestural force and power of execution transport the work, touching on all the usual genres of European painting (landscape, portraiture, religious motifs, still lifes and vanities). Using natural pigments and acrylic paint, and through the use of recycled and deliberately poor materials (engine grease, ash, spent motor oil and bee wax), he enhances his expressivity in works on canvas or paper, thereby going beyond the figure and approaching what transcends the invisible.
Artist associated with the literary circles in France, his work also follows in a long line of artists’ books. He is one of the most representative painters of this tradition, having co-authored dozens of books with the young generation of French poets and writers and with the major authors of the twentieth century (such as Blaise Cendrars, René Daumal, Julien Gracq, Jimi Hendrix, Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonin Artaud, Louis-Ferdinand Céline), all books acquired by libraries and universities from France and Belgium. A fond reader of Emily Dickinson, he is currently working on four collections derived from her great work.
He is himself the author of five books (childhood memories, travel stories and studio diaries)
His work is regularly shown in art galleries and public institutions in France, Germany and Belgium and a major retrospective of his work has recently taken place in the Chateau of Chambord in France.
He is represented by Capazza Gallery in Nançay and the Veyssière-Sigma Gallery in Tours, France.