Patrice Lejeune

Circle of Life
³ism #2
³ism #1
Cherry Blossom
Dance Muse
City Map
At Last
Being 2
Pembroke Table #2 Top
Treasure Box #2
Pembroke Table #2 Top
Boulle Marquetry Doors
Treasure Box #2
Treasure Box #1
Pembroke Table #1
Pembroke Table #1 Top
Treasure Box #1
Boulle Marquetry Doors

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I was born near Paris in 1977. At the age 15 I was accepted in the renowned Parisian school of Arts and Crafts, École Boulle. This opportunity fulfilled a dream and changed my life.

I studied for five years the traditions of cabinet making, as well as the creative process, focusing on drawing, painting and designing. In Art classes, I developed a taste for abstract design, and felt an immediate connection with this raw expression of feelings, sentiments and thoughts. When I discovered the Art of Marquetry it was love at first sight. I had discovered my true path of expression by connecting a powerful style through wood, a material that is alive.

In 2006 I immigrated to the USA to work with W. Patrick Edwards and Kristen Arrivee in San Diego at the American School of French Marquetry. My position in the school involved teaching, creating, designing and experimenting. As the school focused mainly on traditional marquetry processes, I developped for my own work new techniques such as “Fusion” and “Sprinkling”.

My current works are mostly devided between traditional and contemporary. My contemporary creations are mostly Recyled Art. Every bit of veneer, panels is kept to find an ultimate use. In my “Sprinkling” pieces, I even use shavings and sawdust from other projects. Such pieces become Recycled Art of Recycled Art pieces wastes.

Although I am a marquetry artist, working in the 21st century, I often use the 17th century term “Painting in Wood” to perfectly describe the creative intentions behind my work, traditions in todays' days.