The exhibition The Island presents the unedited works of the young French artist, Julien Calot.
The works comprise of a multiplex of small lines that reveal a rhythmic and chaotic figuration, while also providing an echo to the energy of surfing culture and street art, two sources that have inspired the artist.
Through a series of large formats thriving from signs and lines at the heart of the intense monochromatic harmonies of blue, green, red or brown, Julien Calot celebrates an energetic and colourful life, sometimes violent, where the exuberance of the human and animal world intermingle in these strong and hypnotic, powerful works, flirting with tribal art, Pablo Picasso or Jean Cocteau.
Julien Calot constellates his canvases with a multiplex of small colourful lines, until the canvas floods with a plethora of figurative motives. In this infinite complexity of details, the artist offers a vision of a coloured existence, blazing and energetic, diving into a chaotic universe of noisy cities and urban flows; a world that is resolutely contemporary.
His large canvases incarnate the quest for a global vision of reality. Julien Calot attempts to capture life in its complexity, its nuances: peaceful and wild, playful and disturbing, luminous and somber. The artist delivers to us the true inhabited interior landscapes of these expressive characters and turbulences, which unfolds a lush, fertile and ominous nature.
The migrating people, war and violence appear between the lines, at the heart of colour, reflecting our time.
The artist exaggerates the disproportionality of the bodies and always intensifies his colours, flirting with naïve art. The game of dissolution of limits between the surface and the background, as well as the dynamism of these compositions, hypnotises the spectator.
Originally from La Rochelle, and in love with surfing and the sea, Julien Calot reveals an universe that is profoundly marked by the codes of the surf culture: vibrant colours and the rock music type dynamics of the bodies and faces.
He explores diverse forms of artistic creation, from writing, painting and photography through the new technological processes of editing, until the mixing of electronic music.
2018 : Lausanne Art Fair, Suisse, Galerie Claire Corcia
Ddessin Paris, Galerie Claire Corcia
Galerie Claire Corcia « L’île » - Paris
2017 : Galerie Claire Corcia « On the road » - Paris
2016 : Galerie Claire Corcia « The Party » - Paris
2015 : Galerie Claire Corcia « Apnea » – Paris
2014 : Chapelle des dames blanches - La Rochelle
2014 : Cloitre des Dames – La Rochelle
2014 : Galerie Claire Corcia « Big Bang » - Paris
2012 : Lille Art Fair - Lille
2012 : Salon d'Art Contemporain de Saint Sulpice - Paris
2012 : Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain Bastille - Paris
2011 : Lille Art Fair - Lille
2011 : Salon d'Art Contemporain de Saint Sulpice - Paris
2010 : Exposition personnelle Galerie Meyer Le Bihan - Paris
2009 : Exposition personnelle. Espace Yono - Paris
2006 : Exposition personnelle Nuances et Lumières – Lyon