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28 août 2018
This week, discover French artist Julien Rey’s inspirations and techniques through his artwork “Arkan“.
Concerning my creations, there are two specificities.
I am an achromat, which means I can’t see colors. Therefore, I was naturally attracted to black and white, which lead me to creating a specific technic.
“Arkan” perfectly shows my intentions: the painting is detailed in the center and almost abstract on the sides. The gold leaf shows the city lights and the movement on the vanishing point. The large spatula marks on the ground allude to a street under the rain, or after the rain. Buildings become simple geometric shapes in a rigorous organization, almost like calligraphy. We can say I calligraphy the city.
I work with different lacquer layers on a wooden surface, where I create my urban landscapes with spatulas. Then I inlay the gold leaf, also with spatulas, on my composition.
In this way, I can create different atmospheres: night, rain, morning etc. My goal is always not to represent, but rather suggesting, in painting more abstract shapes.
I use gold leaves to highlight perspective, attract the eye, create light and even evoking a certain movement and speed.