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Jules de Balincourt, As Far West as We Could Go, 2014, oil on wooden panel, 72 × 48".

Jules de Balincourt

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Marais

Jules de Balincourt, As Far West as We Could Go, 2014, oil on wooden panel, 72 × 48".

Jules de Balincourt’s exhibition of twenty new paintings reprised his signature naive-style landscapes and portraits in oil on wood. But new to the French-born, US-raised and -based artist’s characteristically dystopian and politically critical oeuvre was a sense of wishful optimism. Rendered in a cheery sun-drenched palette of coral pinks, seafoam greens, turquoise blues, and sandy yellows, de Balincourt’s latest suite of peopled urban and pastoral scenes blend memory and fantasy into pleasantly absurd alternative realities.

True to their surf-inspired hues, a number of the paintings that were on view depict island and coastal settings with boats and sunbathers. One idyllic cityscape, As Far West as We Could Go (all works 2014), evokes California’s Venice Beach boardwalk, where de Balincourt spent his youth learning to surf. A more general sense of nostalgia emerges from works

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