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 away from direct references to current social, political or popular culture, and instead depicting a world in which indications of specific place or time are absent. Although the works are diverse in subject matter, throughout the exhibition a poetics of free-association lends the images a certain universal familiarity.
De Balincourt's process involves various techniques - including stencilling, masking, abrading and watercolour-like oil washes - creating an apparently seamless vision. Exhibited across two floors of the gallery, the paintings here range in scale from the tablet-sized Boardwalk Barter a reminiscence from the artist's earlier years selling his work in Venice, California, to one of his signature, immersive flower-like explosions, which can be read as either the conceptual origin or the end point of all other work.