By Claire Philips
“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming?” (- J.M. Barrie Peter Pan) That’s the place where Jules de Balincourt’s curious paintings come to life.
Currently populating the walls of Victoria Miro’s Mayfair gallery, de Balincourt imbues his work with the same feeling you might have when waking up from a deep sleep in a woozy haze. Filled with snaking rivers, moonlit beaches and glowing caves, de Balincourt’s paintings begin life as a series of abstract forms in acid-bright colours that slowly transform through his own intuition into scenes from memories and dreams. And just like dreams when the story, place and time of day can change in an instant, these paintings have something of the fantastical about them. They drift somewhere between reality and make-believe.
Image: Jules de Balincourt