As I was telling, I spent a few days in London, and during my visit, I discovered an awesome artist. “Discover” may not be the right word considering that Jean Jullien, that’s his name, is a French graphic designer who was a classmate of mine when I was 12. It’s a small, small world!!!
And it happens that my stay in London was at the same time as an exhibition of his work at Kemistry gallery (43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch). It’s on until March 23rd if you have the chance to go there….
Exhibited are many prints and posters of naive drawings with saturated colors tinted with black humor and irony. So British, isn’t it? Jean Jullien explores, with correctness, contemporary society in its excess, its absurdity, its anxiety.
I already had the opportunity to see Jean’s work in an installation he realized in Nantes (our home town) for the “Voyage à Nantes” last summer. The concept of this work of art: think the interior design of a bar on the top of the “Tour Bretagne”, the architectural symbol of our town.
The result: Jean imagined the place that has a unique view (it peaks at the 32nd floor of the Tour) like the nest of a giant bird whose body would be the bar and occupy almost all the space of the room.
To have a drink or just enjoy the view, egg tables and stools invite you, with humor, to sit down and take time to have a look at all the details of that poetic installation.
You might not know it, but I’m pretty sure you’ve already seen illustrations by Jean because his drawings are often used by French magazines like Telerama, les Inrocks, Le Nouvel Obs for their covers.
Well known on the international network of graphic arts, Jean Jullien is an artist to follow, believe me!!!