London-based, French born artist Jean Jullien (cover artist, April 2016) has one of the most recognizable illustrative styles in the world. But his new watercolor fine art works, depicting breezy coastal scenes, have us extremely excited. His newest show, Le Jardin Bleu, will feature new works inspired by the California coast, sculptures and a massive mural installation at San Francisco’s Chandran Gallery. If you remember, Jullien created a mini-beach installation at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse this past December.
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Jullien’s newest fine art works are a slight departure, as the artist has introduced looser, watercolor paintings focusing on leisurely summertime beach scenes. In Le Jardin Bleu, Jullien will present 25 new paintings on themes close to the artist: the ocean, summer and people, painted or inspired by summer’s in Brittany region in France, with a sketchbook in hand. The works are marked by a brighter color palette and joyous feeling. The artist notes that the new works have taken a different tone than his drawings. “I am focusing on minimal storytelling,” Jullien says. “Hopefully the works give a sense of calm I feel when I’m painting. I’m happiest in summer. Days are slow, with walks to the beach, long lunches in the garden, drawing in the sun, good wine. . .”
Le Jardin Bleu will also feature new life-sized sculpture works to accompany the 25 new paintings, as well as an immersive installation on the bottom floor of the gallery.