His paintings, on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts till April 2014, are a pictorial voyage of dizzying and utterly contemporary kind, and it's not unusual to hear this quixotic artist describe his creative process as "travel via painting." His works are as colourful as ubiquitous ads and TV images, more American than European and done with democratic gusto. His style verges on the naïf, but the texture and message of his paintings are anything but haphazard. De Balincourt has a wry sense of humour, taking the mickey out everything from political propaganda to social mores. Born in Paris and educated at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, he now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In his paintings on board he uses tools as eclectic as tape, knives, stencils and spray paint, which has led many critics to describe his work as Outsider art. Hardly. This young artist has been exhibited in prominent galleries and museums including Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MOMA in New York and the Royal Academy in London. De Balincourt's exhibition at the MMFA, Jules de Balincourt, Paintings 2004-2013, is his first solo foray into a large North American museum setting and should not be missed. Works of various formats are part of this exciting contemporary viewing, presenting de Balincourt's original and irreverent take on the North American reality and beyond. A peripatetic wanderer, he imbues his works with a philosophy that in painting, as in life, the voyage is as important, if not more, than the destination. The unknown is his muse, and the result is as paradoxical as it is profound.

Jules de Balincourt, Paintings 2004-2013

MMFA
1380 Sherbrooke Street W.
www.mbam.qc.ca(lien externe)
November 28, 2013 - April 6, 2014

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