Jules de Balincourt


The paintings of French-born artist Jules de Balincourt are saturated with Americana references. The artist was raised on the West Coast and was immensely influenced by contemporary culture in America. In the “U.S. World Studies” series, de Balincourt uses the American map, dividing and re-attributing the state divisions to form a new layout of the United States. Other works reference graphics appropriated from 1940’s Hollywood movies, offering new political and patriotic meaning for the graphic icons of that era and today. De Balincourt has been considered an outside or faux-naive artist, though he strongly resists that notion as was said in The New York Times article titled “Artists on the Verge of a Breakthrough,” which listed 10 artists most likely to succeed from the second Greater New York exhibition at the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. The artist received his BFA from the California College of Arts and his MFA from Hunter College in New York City, where he currently lives and works. This year, the artist will have a solo exhibition at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in Paris, France. De Balincourt has also exhibited with Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL) in New York City and Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston.