Jules de Balincourt

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About the Artist

Evoking notions of utopia and dystopia, Jules de Balincourt’s paintings investigate public and private spaces and suggest an ever-changing landscape – both physical and psychological. In the paintings for which he first became known, de Balincourt worked from the position of an outsider (the Paris-born artist has lived in the United States since childhood), questioning structures of power and influence, laying bare injustices and hypocrisies while maintaining an amused attachment to the myths through which identity – individual and national – is constructed. From big screen legends, such as celluloid cowboy Clint Eastwood (Good, Bad, Ugly, 2008) to newsreel-like pronouncements (United We Stood, 2005), in these paintings de Balincourt employs a post-Pop painterly language to signal shifting sentiments or former glories, made all the more melancholy when they appear etched in mainstream culture.

In Focus

Posted from The Telegraph

The man who paints the good, the bad and the ugly of modern California

By Jonathan Griffin

 

In Jules de Balincourt's paintings, the romance of Los Angeles is spiked with something darker

 

In the early 2000s, painting was in the doldrums. Artists who persevered with the medium were generally  seen as being overly academic or conceptual. New York-based painter Jules de Balincourt, who shot to attention while still in college in 2003, helped change all that. In lush nocturnal cityscapes, often viewed from above, he combined the wistful romance of Peter Doig with that of older artists such as Edward Hopper. Some critics called his style “faux-naive”; de Balincourt hates the term.

April 16, 2016
The California I come back to is a compressed California… It feels over-saturated.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

25 January - 18 March 2017

House Work

Including Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Marc Chagall, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, David Harrison, Karen Kilimnik, John Kørner, LS Lowry, Alice Neel, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Tal R, David Rayson, George Shaw and Cy Twombly. A group exhibition...
Victoria Miro Mayfair
23 September - 5 November 2016

Protest

Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker Historical and...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
14 April - 14 May 2016

Jules de Balincourt

Stumbling Pioneers
Perched on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles has, since the pioneering age, been the limitless repository of America’s dreams of the frontier, of desires that saturate the sunsets, freeways, canyons and swimming pools that de Balincourt paints....
Victoria Miro Gallery I
16 November - 20 December 2013

Jules de Balincourt

Itinerant Ones
The first solo exhibition in the UK for the Paris-born, New York-based painter. Known for his carefully constructed paintings that move effortlessly between abstraction and figuration, the imagined and the real, this new body of work sees de Balincourt moving...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
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