n°207/ The PaJaMa Party

January 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

The pope of American magic realism, Jared French, is a painter whose inspiration derived from the archaic Greek statues and the Italian masters such as Mantegna or Piero della Francesca. His silent colorful figures stand still, as if embedded in mysteries everyone tries to decipher through scarcely meeting looks. Linked to an artistic collective with wife and friend based in Fire Island, French is one of the PaJaMa (with Paul Cadmus and Margaret French) but has not hit an international recognition except for the very experts. And Steven Meisel took advantage of it, shooting some years ago one of Dolce&Gabbana campaigns on a very French's pattern. The umbrella has turned into a baby and boys into girls but one can spot the same puzzling stillness and muscular fascination. On the other way around, thanks to Dolce&Gabbana, many young trendy people might come across an artist who died not as famous as should be in 1988.

 Jared French