Category Archives: Fanch Ledan

Park West Gallery Artist Sessions: The Collectors

Which artist(s) whose works you’ve collected would you most like to meet in person? Who have you already met that you’d like to see again?

It is a special joy and privilege for us to put our customers directly in touch with our artists, an experience historically reserved for only the wealthiest of art patrons and collectors — that is, until the founding of Park West Gallery. We thought we’d turn the tables and share a little insight into how our artists feel about our collectors. Watch:

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Park West Gallery Artist Series: The Interiorscapes of Fanch Ledan

Interior with Liberty, Fanch Ledan, Park West Gallery“Interior with Liberty” by Fanch Ledan | Park West Gallery Collection

The Park West Gallery Artist Video Series presents: Fanch Ledan
Francois Ledan (or “Fanch” — a Breton nickname for Francois) is noted for charming scenes of his native Brittany and locales from around the world, executed in a colorful ‘primitive’ or naive style.

In the following video exclusive, Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro talks with Fanch about his work. Fanch explains that the beauty of the world provides him with infinite subject matter for his paintings. He says he delights in enriching his works by depicting the imagery of other artists such as Seurat, Miro, Van Gogh, Matisse, Degas and Peter Max (as shown above).

[After you watch the video, be sure to visit the Park West Gallery – Fanch Ledan website to learn more about the artist.]

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> Artwork selections from the Park West Gallery – Fanch Ledan Fine Art Collection are available for purchase through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan and at our cruise art auctions. 
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Park West Gallery Artist Interview: Emile Bellet Featuring Fanch Ledan

emile bellet, park west gallery collectionDetail from “Dans les Coquelicots” by Emile Bellet | Park West Gallery Collection

Park West Gallery Artist Testimonial Series — Exclusive Video!
French artist Emile Bellet joins artist (and stand-in translator) Fanch Ledan at Fanch’s home in Vallauris, France to discuss Bellet’s working relationship with Park West Gallery. Bellet has been part of the Park West family for over 11 years and says that he really enjoys being able to meet the collectors of his artwork in person—a common sentiment of the artists represented by Park West.

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Park West Gallery – May ’09: Breaking ART NEWS!

Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans:
Issue 9, May ’09 is here!


This month’s featured newsletter articles include:

  • New Old Masters Websites,
  • Experiencing Rockwell,
  • CNN Interviews Peter Max,
  • Latin Art Show Features Britto,
  • Park West Launches Fanch Website,
  • Park West Artists at Sea,
  • …And More!

READ ISSUE 9, MAY ’09 >>




The Interior World of Fanch Ledan

The words of Fanch Ledan
Excerpted from Fanch, The Graphic Work. Copyright 2003. Park West Gallery.

‘One night in Paris is like a thousand nights in any other place.’ The dark blue color of the night highlights the inside and outside colors, and Paris, like many other magical cities, is an eternal source of inspiration. I am very attracted to this city, and coincidentally, Paris in French is feminine in gender.

After Hours in Paris by Fanch

The introduction of artworks by well-known artists on the walls of my ‘Interiorscapes’ [are] a modest tribute to all the past and living artists I admire during my visits to museums and galleries. Naturally, the interiors and settings are a mixture of dreamed dwellings and reality.

Interior with Max by Fanch

I spent all my childhood vacations on the beautiful beaches of Brittany, and I am forever attracted to beaches and oceans and all the activities that are possible around them: diving, fishing, sailing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, and tanning. Overlooking the vast and inspiring ocean from my atelier, I constantly find peace and emotional renewal.

Malaga Beach by Fanch

I have traveled for years between Europe and America, and I feel much enriched by the best of both worlds, neither old nor new anymore, but very complementary. I have many more places I wish to visit and paint, and the renewed excitement of a voyage, whether it is to Cuba or China, reflects my wonder at the amazing diversity of humanity, as well as the touching similarities of people around the world.

Interior with Three Masterpieces by Fanch

I hope that my inspiration remains fresh, and I want to keep thinking that my most exciting project is the next one and my favorite painting is the future one.

Fanch Ledan


Park West Gallery Launches New Artist Microsite: Fanch Ledan

Park West Gallery continues its 40 year tradition of connecting people with artists and fine art by inviting you to visit our new web site for artist Francois “Fanch” Ledan.

Fanch Ledan, Park West Gallery

The Fanch Ledan website features an updated biography of the artist, an online art gallery and videos of Fanch in the studio, speaking about his inspirations and his artwork. 

According to art historian, Eleanor Hight:

“The tremendous appeal of Fanch’s art comes from the delicate balance, but underlying tension, between what is real and what is possible. His cheeriness, often exuberance, is balanced by both worldly knowledge and personal introspection.”

Explore the new Fanch website located at


Park West Gallery: Breaking ART NEWS!

Attention Park West Gallery Newsletter fans –
the APRIL issue is here!


This month’s features include:

  • Art Auctions at Sea on CNBC,
  • Gallery Director Offers Art Marketing Tips,
  • I See Nude People…,
  • Artists at Sea: Fanch Ledan,
  • The Real Art of Collecting,
  • An Animated Art Auction at Sea,
  • Exclusive New Salvador Dali Videos,
  • …And More!




Park West Artists at Sea: Fanch Ledan

Volets Caraibes by Fanch Ledan

Volets Caraibes by Fanch Ledan

 Artists are hanging up their brushes and testing their sea legs to launch a program intended to enhance the Celebrity guest’s cruising experience.

By Cassandra,
Cruise Ship Art Auctioneer

Fanch Ledan boarded the Celebrity Constellation with the intention to initiate as much involvement with the guests as possible. His charming French demeanor and his readiness to greet guests assured a sensational first night onboard. Even if they were not previously involved in art, their chance to meet the world renowned artist quickly sparked their interest.

The next day was a live interview with the cruise director. The vision of the artist was discussed and the floor was opened for questions and answers. The intimate crowd was quite enthused to have personal insight to the artist’s world and was eager to hear more.

After the interview came the first auction. A live art auction is always a guaranteed crowd pleaser. When one of the artists is present to comment on his works it becomes a truly electrifying event . Mr. Ledan would humbly inform the crowd of the inspiration and significance behind each work of art — information that even the most knowledgeable art dealer might be unable to provide. His words narrated a story behind each work and embedded emotional ties into the crowd. Many of these guests soon became Fanch Ledan art collectors.

Over many dinner discussions, the word spread fast throughout the ship that there was a special artist onboard. The gossip was that he was fun, friendly and most of all, approachable. Many guests commented on his amicability and his willingness to discuss his many experiences as an artist. The art gallery was busy for the next few days; mainly with signatures, photo shoots and lengthy conversations.

The second auction was an even bigger hit than the first. By that time, the whole ship had access to the live interview with Fanch, which had been broadcast into all the staterooms during the port days. The artist sailing was the buzz on the ship — everyone wanted to come and check out the world renowned artist that Park West Gallery had brought to them.

Park West Gallery prides itself on creating a comfortable and informal environment for people to collect fine art. They understand that art collecting has a veneer of elitism and they succeed in actively demolishing that perception. Bringing art to the people is their mission. Bringing the artist that created the art to the people is even more poignant. Celebrity guests, quickly turned art connoisseurs, had a cruise experience of a lifetime. Many of them will forever own a fine work of art that they will be able to enjoy for the rest of their lives. It will always remind them of the great relationships that were built with the artist and the art dealers while they sailed the seas on the Celebrity Constellation.