A self-taught painter born in 1972, Julien Colombier lives and works in Paris. He regularly collaborates with the world of fashion, luxury and arts and crafts (the Manufacture de Sèvres, Chanel, Cartier and Baccarat) and exhibits his work in France and abroad.
Using mainly acrylic, oil pastel and chalk as his painting techniques, he creates surprising compositions that feature lush and colorful tropical vegetation that unfolds on various supports – wall murals, wood panels, drawings mounted on canvas. In 2019, he will cover the floor of the Abbaye de Maubuisson during his Electric Ladyland exhibition, offering the viewer the possibility of melting into a jungle that is both magical and disturbing, a sort of evocation of the Garden of Eden or the original Earthly Paradise.
A great traveler, influenced by graffiti and in particular by Keith Haring, Julien Colombier’s powerful and expressive works also make reference to Japanese art, art nouveau, the works of Douanier Rousseau and the ornamental and luminous collages of Henri Matisse. They testify to an exceptional mastery of drawing and color, and can also, through their sometimes
decorative appearance, evoke stained glass or tapestry.
“It may seem strange to invoke love in connection with Colombier’s paintings,” wrote the art critic Richard Leydier in 2021, “but that is what they are ultimately about. I am intimately convinced of it. The plants, the flowers rustle indeed only of that, just like the pop music.
And it emanates quite clearly from these impetuous jungles “the glow of a charm”, even if it is slightly poisonous.
The workshop of Julien Colombier