Jules de Balincourt

Jules de Balincourt

Jules de Balincourt was born in 1972 in Paris and moved to the United States with his family in the early 1980s. He lives and works in Brooklyn (NY). De Balincourt’s painting can be interpreted on several different levels. The image is always an encounter and an invitation to escape, going from pure utopia to dystopia. De Balincourt moves through space, zooming in on details that attract his attention, as what he himself calls “a tourist of globalisation who consumes culture visually and intellectually and conveys or disseminates his personal visions by means of images.” As our gaze moves around these interior images that are like archives of the artist’s visions, it is up to us to constitute an imaginary world based on these selected fragments. We go from abstract elements to figurative details, experiencing a great sense of energy and intense feelings, but where one painting offers harmony, another may slide into chaos.

Jules de Balincourt is interested in the twofold, physical and metaphysical properties of the images that surround us. They are taken from political, social or religious contexts and endowed with a new coherence by the artist, who makes the most of their paradoxes. In some of the canvases, the real is dissolved by pixellisation, evoking another way in which everyday images are appropriated in the digital age.

Solo exhibitions


There are more eyes than leaves on the trees, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


One Island Many People, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

They Cast Long Shadows, Victoria Miro, London, UK


We Come Together at Night, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AU



Stumbling Pioneers, Victoria Miro, London, UK



As Far West As We Could Go, Kassel Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany



Blue Hours, Galerie Ropac, Paris, France

Focus: Jules de Balincourt, The Modern Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas

Misfit Island, Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, Rochechouart, France



Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

Itinerant Ones, Victoria Miro, London



Ecstatic Contact, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY

Parallel Universe, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Jules de Balincourt, Espace Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong



Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Premonitions, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan



Malpais, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, TN



Unknowing Man's Nature, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York, NY

Allweweresayingwasgivepeaceachance, Mario Diacono at Ars Libri, Boston, MA



Accidental Tourism and the Art of Forgetting, Arndt and Partner, Berlin, Germany



This is Our Town, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York, NY



Armory Show / LFL Gallery, New York, NY



Land of Many Uses, LFL Gallery, New York, NY

Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA



Space 743, San Francisco, CA



Perch Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA



Soapbox Gallery, Venice, CA

Group exhibitions


Rehang, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Away in the HillGRIMM New York, USA 

Les Enfants du Paradis, MUba Eugène Leroy Tourcoing, France

Eldorama, Tripostal, Lille, France

Works on Paper, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark

We Contain Multitudes, curated by Ali Banisadr, Gallery Isa, Mumbai, India

The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, curated by Kristen Lubben, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York, USA 

Still Looking: A Still Life Show, Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Biennial of Painting On Landscapes, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (MDD), Deurle, Belgium


The New Frontiers of Painting, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy

Art Turns. World Turns. Exploring the Collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, Museum MACAN, Jacarta, Indonesia

Déjeuner sur l’herbe, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Weekend, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami

House Work, Victoria Miro, London, UK



The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Flowers in your hair, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA

Protest, Victoria Miro, London, UK



Jules de Balincourt, Stephan Balkenhol, Alex Katz, Monica de Cardenas, Zuos, Switzerland

Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Metropolis: Paintings of the Contemporary Urban Landscape, curated by David Ebony, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York, NY

20 + 2 Years, curated by Matthias Arndt, Helutrans Artspace, Singapore, Malaysia



Eurasia, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR

Another Place, Hunter College alumni show, New York, NY

Duro Olowu: More Material, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, USA



LAT. 41° 7' N., LONG. 72° 19' W, cur. Bob Nickas, Martos Gallery, New York, USA

Something About a Tree, cur. Linda Yablonsky, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA

La Belle Peinture 2, organized by L’Institut Français de Slovaquie, Palais Pisztory, Bratislava, Slovakia

Cinematic Visions – Painting at the Edge of Reality, curated by Glenn Scott Wright, James Franco and Isaac Julien, Victoria Miro, London

Brooklyn Artists Ball, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

L’Ange de l’Histoire, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Disaster / The End of Days, curated by Séverine Wealchli and Michael Bracewell, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin, France

Chicken or Beef?, The Hole, New York, NY



Painting as Radical Form, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Pothole, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY



We Regret to Inform You, Martos Gallery, New York, NY

Visions, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy

2011 Bridgehampton Biennial, Curated by Bob Nickas, Martos Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

Facemaker, curated by Kathy Grayson, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA



Not Quite Open for Business, The Hole, New York, NY

Looking Back / The Fifth White Columns Annual, selected by Bob Nickas, White Columns, New York, NY

The Cannibal’s Muse curated by Max Henry Patricia Low Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

The Secret Lives of Trees, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy



10th Havana Biennial, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

Mixing It Up: Recent Hunter MFAs Working in Combined Media, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, NY

Return to Function, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI

Transitions. Painting at the (other) End of Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Cave Painting, PSM, Berlin Germany and Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY

New York Minute, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy

FUTURESCAPE: Making of the Super City, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

STAGES, Deitch Projects, New York, NY



Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigram Gallery, London

21: Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY

I want a little sugar in my bowl, Asia Song Society, New York, NY

Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2007, White Columns, NY

Eastern Standard, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Cynicism vs Hope, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY



USA TODAY, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Past, Present, Future Perfect: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, H+R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, Shanghai Museum, China. Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; travels to Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

Phantasmania, Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City, MO

Poets on Painters, Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS

Prague Biennial 3, Prague, Czech Republic

Five Painters, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

The Stuff What We Bought (Selected Purchases 2007), Archeus, London, UK



USA TODAY, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.

New York Contemporary: Art Times Squared, Hangart -7, Salzburg, Austria

Our Town, HUT Hudson Untitled Foundation, Hudson, NY

Reverence, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

Collection 2005/06, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Metro Pictures, The Moore Space, Miami, FL

Down By Law, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Don’t Abandon the Ship, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA

Humor Me, H+R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Notre histoire..., Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France



Greater New York, PS1/MOMA, Queens, NY



Trunk of Humors, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

4 und 4, Muller DeChiara, Berlin, Germany

The Dreamland Artist Club, Creative Time / Coney Island, New York, NY

True Stories, Johnson City Community College Art Gallery, Overland Park, KS

Collection (or How I Spent a Year), PS1/MOMA, New York, NY

Rowdy Remix, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

American Stars ‘n Bars, Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, CA



Summer Jam, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, CA College Art Association MFA Selection Exhibition, New York, NY

College Art Association MFA Selection Exhibition, New York, USA

Today’s Man, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

My people were fair and had cum in their hair (but now they're content to spray stars from your boughs), Team Gallery, New York, NY



Brooklyn Front, Other Routes (Mixed Greens), Brooklyn, NY

NY Art Hut, Nutty, San Francisco, CA



Southern Exposure, 15th Annual Hospitality House, San Francisco, CA

Public and private collections

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, USA

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

MaRT, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Oppenheimer - JCCC Collection for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art