Jules de Balincourt

France 1972



Jules de Balincourt
Jules de Balincourt
May 30, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

Jules de Balincourt is a Paris-born painter currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. After living in several European countries during his childhood, de Balincourt settled in California around the age of 10.

In 1998, Jules earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Craft in San Francisco, followed by an MFA from Hunter College in New York in 2005. A defining moment came in the early 2000s, when Zach Feuer saw de Balincourt’s work at an Open Studios event at Hunter; shortly thereafter, in 2003, Feuer offered de Balincourt the opportunity for a solo exhibition at his gallery in Chelsea.

De Balincourt frequently paints on board rather than canvas, giving the work a rough, raw texture, and uses an array of bright, rich colors. His works range from geometric and practically abstract to Pop-like figurative painting of Americana themes, reminiscent of Jasper Johns (American, b.1930).

While de Balincourt intends to offer social commentary in his work, sometimes verging on anti-conservative propaganda, he often does so with a playful sense of humor. In his painting U.S World Studies II (2005), a recognizable map of the United States is rendered in a garish rainbow of colors, showing rectangular-shaped states jumbled throughout and purposefully out of order or misplaced.

Jules de Balincourt has contributed to numerous exhibits around the world, including recent solo exhibitions at the Deitch Projects gallery in New York and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

Jules de Balincourt’s paintings are not very consistent. There are big ones and little ones, crowded ones and empty ones, paintings filled with figures and others that appear almost entirely abstract. Sometimes he paints explosions, but they’re sort of benign and cartoonish, opening like jazzy flowers.

De Balincourt paints views and people and maps and words, pretty much always on birch panels using thin oils. There’s one piece showing a man sticking something in a bin; and there’s a cursory portrait of Chelsea Manning, hung high on the wall, as though removed from the rest of the world.

Featured image: Jules de Balincourt – Out of the Darkness and Into the Light (detail), photo via salon94.com

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Misfit IslandRochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, Rochechouart, FranceSolo
2013UntitledMontreal Museum of Fine Arts, MontrealSolo
2013Itinerant OnesVictoria Miro, LondonSolo
2013La Belle Peinture 2Victoria Miro, LondonGroup
2013Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of RealityVictoria Miro, LondonGroup
2013Brooklyn Artists BallBrooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2013L’Ange de l’HistoirePalais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Disaster / The End of DaysGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris- Pantin, FranceGroup
2013Chicken or Beef?The Hole, New York, NYGroup
2012Parallel UniverseMaramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, ItalySolo
2012Ecstatic ContactSalon 94, New YorkSolo
2012An Honest StatementEspace Louis Vuitton Hong KongSolo
2012Painting as Radical FormCollezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, ItalyGroup
2012PotholeSalon 94 Bowery, New York, NYGroup
2011Worlds Together, Worlds ApartGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2011We Regret to Inform YouMartos Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011VisionsGalleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, ItalyGroup
20112011 Bridgehampton BiennialMartos Gallery, Bridgehampton, NYGroup
2011New York MinuteGarage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2011FacemakerRoyal/T, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010PremonitionsDeitch Projects, New York, NYSolo
2010UntitledMori Art Museum, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2010Not Yet FinishedThe Hole, New York, NYGroup
2010Looking Back / The Fifth White Columns AnnualWhite Columns, New York, NYGroup
2010The Cannibal's MuseLow Contemporary, Geneva SwitzerlandGroup
2010The Secret Lives of TreesMonica de Cardenas, Milan, ItalyGroup
200910th Havana BiennialMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, CubaGroup
2009Mixing It Up: Recent Hunter MFAs Working in Combined MediaArt Gallery at Hunter College, New York, NYGroup
2009Return to FunctionMadison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WIGroup
2009Transitions. Painting at the (other) End of ArtCollezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, ItalyGroup
2009Cave PaintingPSM, Berlin GermanyGroup
2009Cave PaintingGresham’s Ghost, New York, NYGroup
2009New York MinuteMACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome ItalyGroup
2009FUTURESCAPE: Making of the Super CityContemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CTGroup
2009STAGESDeitch Projects, New York, NYGroup
2008MalpaisGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2008UntitledVanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TNSolo
2008Mail Order MonstersMax Wigram Gallery, LondonGroup
200821: Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn MuseumBrooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2008Future Tense: Reshaping the LandscapeNeuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NYGroup
2008I want a little sugar in my bowlAsia Song Society, New York, NYGroup
2008Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2007White Columns, NYGroup
2008Eastern StandardMASS MoCA, North Adams, MAGroup
2008Cynicism vs. HopePerry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007Unknowing Man’s NatureZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2007AllweweresayingwasgivepeaceachanceMario Diacono at Ars Libri, Boston, MASolo
2007USA TODAYThe Hermitage, St. Petersburg, RussiaGroup
2007Artists of Invention: A Century of CCAOakland Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
2007Past, Present, Future Perfect: Selections from the Ovitz Family CollectionH+R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MissouriGroup
2007Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, Shanghai Museum, ChinaGuggenheim Museum; travels to Guggenheim Bilbao, SpainGroup
2007PhantasmaniaKemper Art Museum, Kansas City, MOGroup
2007Poets on PaintersUlrich Museum, Wichita, KSGroup
2007Prague Biennial 3Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2007Five PaintersGalleri Loyal, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2007When We Build Let Us Think That We Build ForeverBaltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United KingdomGroup
2007The Stuff What We Bought (Selected Purchases 2007)Archeus, London, UKGroup
2006Accidental Tourism and the Art of ForgettingArndt and Partner, Berlin, GermanySolo
2006USA TODAYRoyal Academy of Art, London, UKGroup
2006New York Contemporary: Art Times SquaredHangart –7, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2006Our TownHUT Hudson Untitled Foundation, Hudson, NYGroup
2006ReverenceHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2006Collection 2005/06Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2006Metro PicturesThe Moore Space, Miami, FLGroup
2006Down By Law, Whitney BiennialWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2006Don’t Abandon the ShipAllston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2006Humor MeH+R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MOGroup
2006Notre histoire…Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
2005This is Our TownZach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York, NYSolo
2005Greater New YorkPS1/MOMA, Queens, NYGroup
2004Armory ShowLFL Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2004Trunk of HumorsDeitch Projects, New York, NYGroup
20044 und 4Muller DeChiara, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004The Dreamland Artist ClubCreative Time / Coney Island, New York, NYGroup
2004True StoriesJohnson County Community College Art Gallery, Overland Park, KSGroup
2004Collection (or How I Spent a Year)PS1/MOMA, New York, NYGroup
2004Rowdy RemixATM Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004American Stars ‘n BarsChapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, CAGroup
2003Land of Many UsesLFL Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003UntitledAllston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MASolo
2003Summer JamPeres Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003College Art Association MFA Selection ExhibitionNew York, NYGroup
2003Today’s ManJohn Connelly Presents, New York, NYGroup
2003My people were fair and had cum in their hair (but now they're content to spray stars from your boughs)Team Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002Brooklyn FrontOther Routes (Mixed Greens), Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002Art HutNutty, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000UntitledSpace 743, San Francisco, CASolo
1999UntitledPerch Gallery, Santa Barbara, CASolo
1999Southern Exposure15th Annual Hospitality House, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998UntitledSoapbox Gallery, Venice, CASolo
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