Friday, 19 January 2018

Paintings That Make you Want to Travel

I love it when people use travel as inspiration for their art (like here), so was excited to discover these paintings by Brooklyn-based French artist Jules De Balincourt last night
at my favourite off-the-beaten-path London gallery

I also love it when artists paint things I actually feel like I 'get', that don't leave me feeling bemused. De Balincourt paints scenes you recognise – tropical islands, nighttime city scapes, campsites, ski slopes – all rich with atmosphere and detail that suck you in and make you question the world. They make you feel like you're watching someone's adventures around the world and through life unfold – The Guardian describes him as: “the Hitchcock of the painting world". Genius. "The French artist's absorbing canvases create whole worlds, embrace the miracle of being alive – and leave you feeling like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window". Love this!

Jules grew up in California, spent summers in France and now lives in Brooklyn. Looking at the work in his portfolio over the years, you can see how his style has changed as he's moved around and times have changed.

Side note: Jules de Balincourt isn't new to the art world; only to me. He’s been in lots of big galleries and had plenty of solo shows – including one at Victoria Miro in London on now and where I discovered his amazing work.

↓ This beautiful snowy scene is of the Metropolitan Opera building in New York and was used on the cover of the December 2008 issue of theatre magazine, Playbill.


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