Right from the start, Jean ORANGE was closely linked to the Art World, ever present in his family circle. Through his father who was an auctioneer in the artistic city of Honfleur, as well as a prized art collector, he learned about shape, form and color. All these elements are present in his work.
When he was 18, Jean ORANGE started studying art at the Beaux Arts de Paris with prestigious teachers such as Carrade and Marchadour. He was quickly accepted by the academy of Port Royal in Paris.
During this period, he met the designer Cabu who invited him to join the group of illustrators of the newspaper Le Monde. He pursued working as an illustrator for the following three years.
In his Honfleur studio facing the estuary, he is continually inspired by the Normandy skies and the continual flow of ships sailing up and down the Seine River. The sea is ever present in his work. His very individual style and technique carries us into a vertical world of light and color where strong lines are a blend of subtlety and strength.
1979: Exhibit at the Salon des Artists Honfleurais
1980: Exhibit at Grand Palais, Paris
1985 – 1992: Exhibit Gallery Simon Chaye, Honfleur
1980-1990: Several exhibits in Paris
2004: Personal exhibit, Gallery Hilaria, Poitier
2007: Exhibit Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris
2007 : Exhibit Gallery Art Circuit, Rennes
2008: Exhibit in Societé Général, Bordeaux
2008: Personal exhibit, Gallery 33, Bordeaux
2008: Exhibit “Espace Tosca”, Honfleur
2008 : Exhibit for Sante’ Hospital Sida (NGO fund – raising for Aids Research)
2008: Exhibit Gallery Attitude, “Village Swisse”, Paris
2009: Exhibit Gallery de Tougeville, Touques (Deauville)