The Centro de Arte Contemporaáneo of Málaga is pleased to present, for the first time in Spain, After The Gold Rush, a survey of the work of the French-born, American-based painter Jules de Balincourt over the past decade.
The show comprises forty paintings in different formats created between 2010 and the present day. Balincourt's paintings move back and forth between abstraction and figuration, the real and the imaginary, allowing him to reflect on the contradictions between loneliness and a sense of unity, nature and architecture's impact on the landscape, leisure and work obligations, or the local and the global.
His works present fictional scenes inspired by the socio-political aspects of US culture, occasionally with autobiographical connotations, individual or group portraits and landscapes that meander between chaos and harmony, inviting encounter or escapism. Through them, Jules de Balincourt invites viewers to reflect on the experiences of life.
Once again, the CAC Málaga's exhibition programme offers us a chance to discover the work of one of the most prominent artists on the international scene, in this case shining a spotlight on Jules de Balincourt. After the Gold Rush reaffirms the centre's unswerving commitment to supporting and sharing contemporary art.
Jules de Balincourt (Paris, France 1972) moved to the United States with his family from Paris in the 1980s. He graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco in 1998 and moved to New York in the year 2000. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York in 2005 and from 2006-2009 directed the Starr Space Alternative Community Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives and works between Brooklyn, USA and Malpaís, Costa Rica, where he has built his studio and a retreat for artists.
Curated by Helena Juncosa.
Solo exhibitions include: There Are More Eyes Than There Are Leaves on the Trees, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (2020); We Come Together at Night, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (2017); As Far West As We Could Go, Kasseler Kunstverein, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2015); Misfit Island, Musée d'art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne - Château Rochechouart, France (2014); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013) and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2010), among others.
His work is part of the permanent collections of various cultural institutions or international museums such as: Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, USA; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, USA or MaRT, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, Italy, among others.