ParisJules de Balincourt: There Are More Eyes Than Leaves on the Trees
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents an exhibition of new paintings by Jules de Balincourt.
This new series of abstract landscapes, initiated over a year ago and finalised during the first half of 2020, express a desire for both physical and emotional escape. Many paintings convey the soothing presence of nature and manifest the need for a shelter far from the world we live in. Created while Balincourt was building his new house and artist’s residence on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a place he has visited regularly for 20 years, the paintings result from a personal reflection on possible isolation at the periphery of Western civilisation.
Balincourt insists on the purely intuitive construction of his paintings. Working without preliminary sketches, the artist gradually brings out subconscious maps which are articulated by successive areas of colour. The spatial unity found in his paintings, where the perspective or the horizon seems to structure the composition, is constructed in reverse to the usual pictorial scheme. The juxtaposition of bold colours, as well as the luxuriant presence of nature, recalls the visual characteristics that defined turn-of-the-century Primitivism, especially Gauguin’s experience in Tahiti, while offering a meditation on the meaning of contemporary life.
Jules de Balincourt, They Each Had Their Lesson, 2020. Oil on panel. 203.2 x 177.8 cm (80 x 70 in). Photo: Jason Mandella. © The artist