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...