Jules de Balincourt
They Cast Long Shadows
Private View 6 – 8pm, Thursday 18 January
Exhibition 19 January – 24 March 2018
Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London W1S 1FE
Victoria Miro is delighted to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Jules de Balincourt.
‘Currently, making work and living in America is beyond words, but maybe not beyond images.’ – Jules de Balincourt
Quiet, reflective and mysterious, new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Jules de Balincourt continue an intuitive approach to imagemaking,where the world we inhabit is filtered through the artist’s own psychological landscape. In Troubled Eden, 2017, a snaking river,encroached upon by signs of human activity, is worn like a shift dress by a figure with a sharp fringe and an assertive, red-carpet stance.In other works, de Balincourt paints nocturnal landscapes, figures seeking refuge, monsters that resemble monuments, glowing caves.
Everywhere, dreamlike distortions and disconcerting shifts in scale create a sense of eeriness and imbalance. There is an unsettlingatmosphere to these new paintings, suggestive of a world in flux. Yet, undeniable too, is a sense of optimism, a persistence of spirit, or a suggestion of how things might be different – with a collective leap of imagination, or if power was held in other hands.
How these paintings relate to the current social and political moment, and specifically to the power dynamics of contemporary America,is left deliberately ambiguous. Always rich in colour and technique, de Balincourt’s work is a bountiful confluence of reality and fantasy,where references to society, politics, or popular culture are never less than equalled by free association and painterly invention. As withprevious works, the new paintings began life as abstract shapes and colours – glowing, transparent, or sometimes acid-bright, as if to
indicate hyper-awareness on the artist’s part. Shaped by intuition, imagination and memory, imagery – sometimes recurring, such ascongregations of people – emerges through an intuitive dance. This is painting as open ground or test site, a point of departure for artist
and viewer alike, one through which we might attempt to process the chaos of contemporary life.