(French, b. 1948)
Jean Solombre is an internationally respected painter, engraver, and writer. Tapestries created from images of Solombre paintings are woven at the atelier Aubsson, in France. The first Solombre fiber art created at Aubsson, was produced in 1979. Jean, among the finest artists in France, was first acclaimed as a printmaker, best known for his handsome richly textured and technically exquisite aquatint engravings, which he presented with descriptive original poetry. Solombre's work has been shown in premiere art exhibitions Since 1970. Some of these were The Great and Young of Today, at the Museum of Grand Palais, Paris; The Print Biennial at the Museum Galleria, Paris; and The International Art Fair in Paris, Basel, Dusseldorf, Washington, and New York.
Solombre's printmaking intaglio technique masterfully combines the techniques of aquatint and engraving. These combination works, watercolor paintings, and oil paintings on canvas have been shown in prestigious solo exhibitions at: Jean-Marie Cupillard's la Bijougalerie in Grenoble, La Torte Gallery, Paris; Lahumiere, Paris; L'Empreinte Gallery, Strasbourg; Gallery Oliveier, Lille; Hohenloher Foundation, Langenburg West Germany; Gallery L'Angle Aigu, Bruxelles, Belgium; Gallery 410, New York USA; Frances Aronson Gallery, Atlanta Georgia USA; and the International Art Exhibition in New York, USA.
Solombre's work is romantic and mysterious in imagery, and rich in technical skill. The National Library of Paris more recently described the Solombre work held in its permanent collections.
Ohvagues, Disdual 'Ain, 1979
Aquatint, Ed. 90 of 125, 14" x 17"
The Gift, 1980
Aquatint, Ed 3 of 125, 17" x 17"