Born in 1968. A native of Brussels (Belgium) where he studied at the Ecole des Arts, Jean-Francois has lived in Singapore since 1989.
Jean-François's latest work is monothematic: large canvases depicting fields of flowers growing wild. The overall impression is one of movement: wind-blown meadow grasses or fields of wheat swirling skies of monestial blue. The flowers themselves are iconographic - floral signatures which capture the essential qualities of a flower rather than strict botanical representations.
Debongnie favours a palate of late summer colours - ochres and naples yellow: raw umber and burnt sienna. In some paintings there is a horizon which divides the painting into two unequal portions. The stormy turbulent skies in these landscapes hint at an impeding thunderstorm, in these his most atmospheric paintings. Others works concentrate on the foreground, achieving their effect by the random arrangement of the flower images on the canvas. These are gentler paintings, but no less distinguished for being so. Together the collection represents a significant body of work. His works can be found in private collections and the most beautiful homes around the world.