Jean-Philippe Illanes

Bio / Jean-Philippe Illanes

Born in 1978 in Drancy, France.

Lives and works in Paris.

Jean-Philippe’s work is inspired by handicraft, popular and entertainment culture. An eclectic visual artist, he succeeded in introducing in his creations a playful attitude, which consists in liberating form from content. His creative process is based on the know-how of craftsmen, tinged with poetry and lyricism. 

At once a mural painter, a visual artist, a video filmmaker, Jean Philippe uses all kinds of media to express as faithfully as possible his ideas and feelings which all bear witness of his experience.

He uses various materials, such as cuddly toys, wool, wood, inflatable devices, in order to find figurative solutions which are characterized by an ironic taste exalting the sense of playfulness and the exquisiteness of colours in joyful chromatic distorsions. His favourite medium though, remains handicrafts, as they enable him to maintain a tradition, but also to introduce new patterns and worlds.

His black humour has an uncannily childish character and he interprets the cabinets de curiosités tradition with a postmodern feeling linked to the death of his childhood heroes. 

Exhibitions / Jean-Philippe Illanes


Actuellement en préparation d’une exposition à la galerie Lotde10, Septembre 2012, Bruxelles, Belgique

2012 : “Cumulus”, Réalisation d’une commande d’art public dans la tour First, Ernst&Young, Paris La Défense, France 

2011: “Nostalgia”, Espace 64, Paris, France

2010 : “Les fils de”, Paris, France

2009 : “Mezzo”, Salon du prêt à porter, Paris, France

2008 : “Perle ai porci”, Galerie Endemica, Rome, Italie 

2006 : “Under Pressure”, Galerie des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France

2005 : “Art Thérapie”, Hôpital Casanova, Saint-Denis, France



Actuellement en préparation pour la Biennale du Havre 2013

2009 : “Qui es-tu Peter ?”, Espace cuturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France 
2009 : “Anti Heroe”, Galerie Voskel, Paris, France
2009 : “Essais Topographiques”, Lawomatic, Paris, France 
2009 : “Fanstasia”, La blanchisserie, Boulogne-Billancourt, France 
2009 : “Slick”, Studio 55 Emmanuel Debrantes, Paris, France 
2009 : “C’est bon d’être méchant”, Champs Elysées, Paris, France
2009 : “Junk”, Galerie W, Paris, France
2009 : “Kitsch Catch”, Musée de l’objet de Blois, Blois, France
2009 : “Né dans la rue”, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France 
2009 : “Nocturnes Eclairées”, Musée des arts et métiers, Paris, France
2009 : “Hors d’usage”, Épinal, France
2009 : “Matériaux composites”, Galerie LJ Beaubourg Galery, Paris, France
2009 : “Kitsch Catch”, Musée des arts modestes,  Sète, France 

2008 : “London Calling”, Londres, Grande-Bretagne
2008 : “Kitsch Catch”, Musée folie de Wazemmes, Lille, France 

2007 : “Learning from La Défense,” Espace culturel Raymond Moretti, Paris La Défense, France
2007 : “Archivive”, Quai François Mauriac, Paris, France

2006 : “Downtown”, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Genève, Suisse 
2006 : “Yummi”, Reflex Galerie, Paris, France