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"Strongly influenced by Asian culture, I then developed a personal technique: lacquer worked with a knife with inlaid gold leafs. I design my compositions with a desire for refinement and simplicity, where in an apparent chaos, I'm looking for this moment where everything shifts into zones of light and shadow, of black shimmer and gold shards. This confrontation of black and gold has guided me towards urban landscapes in the fugitive glow of twilight and dawn. My approach is not so much to represent the city as it exists, but rather to imagine different impressionistic atmospheres. I finally try to compose an aesthetic link between finesse and rigor, movement and perspective, empty and full."
Julien Rey says it himself: he trained “self-taught, integrating and taking inspiration from various cultures, through [his] discoveries”. A great traveller, the French artist developed work that was heavily influenced by Asian culture. Marked by the zen philosophy and with a desire for refinement and simplicity, he produces minimal compositions that appear like suspended moments, poetic breaks in the middle of the surrounding disorder. His unique and individual technique using varnish worked with a knife and gold leaf inlays put light at the h…
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