The purpose of my work is not painting, drawing or any other formal representation. They are simply a means of opening up an inner path that leads to the true final creation, made up of sensations and resonances that are unique to each and every one of us.
In the same way that a mandala is not a painting, traces in the sand of a Zen garden not a drawing, a menhir not a sculpture, I seek to provoke contact with a sacred, mysterious, timeless dimension, far removed from any unambiguous message. I see my work as a catalyst that draws the eye away from the image in front of it and leaves it free to react to it in its own world.
To achieve this power, I believe you have to rely on dense, precise, meticulous work that imprisons time in a slow, artisanal execution, because the eye has to start by losing itself in the material before letting go and returning to an inner vision.
François Hinfray has lived and worked in Brussels since 2006, having previously lived in France and Germany.
A self-taught artist, he has always practised drawing and painting alongside his other activities, before devoting himself entirely to them in 2015.
Since 2005, he has exhibited in Japan, France, Belgium and soon in Germany.
In 2009, he published « L’homme qui parle en marchant sans savoir où il va » (Éditions de Fallois), which won the Renaissance Short Story Prize in 2010.
He is currently writing a play, Outback.
2005 – Marunouchi Club Gallery, Tokyo
2009 – Galerie Brun Léglise, Paris
2021 – Galerie Laurentin, Brussels
2022 – Galerie Odradek, Brussels
Upcoming group show at Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne