Jules de Balincourt‘s paintings are full of life and gusto, created with a sharp eye that focusses its wit on contemporary America. His visual language careens between faux – naif and abstraction bringing to life his view of the social, political and economic life of America.
Working from the position of an outsider – he is French but grew up in America – Balincourt questions structures of power and influence while keeping a distance, not letting himself get caught up in the complexities of nationality, which allows him to satirically bite the hand that feeds him.
De Balincourt’s process involves various techniques such as stencilling, masking, abrading and spray painting which give his paintings a fractured compositional quality – which you can’t really see on a screen – that lends itself to the notion of things falling apart, to a broken restless world in both in form and content.
His work is not specific in content rather it is a rich landscape into which our eyes roam, making our own connections, creating our own narratives about what it means to live in a culture that is becoming increasingly dictated to by globalisation, social media, over saturation of information, the world economy and the inevitable conflict that follows.
Here’s what he says about his work:
My work is more about this inundation and saturation of information-be it from the news, videos on YouTube, profiles on Facebook, email or television. The ease with which we travel jolts us with new cultures or sensibilities in a short amount of time. It’s all these different ways of taking in information. I like the idea of processing visual culture, of using myself as an organic transmitter of media.
In short de Balincourt tells stories, his pictures a metaphor for the world we live, a modern fairytale that uses cultural references to point us in the right direction through the forest of cultural homogenisation.