Jules de Balincourt (French, b.1972) is a Paris-born painter currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. After living in several European countries during his childhood, de Balincourt settled in California around the age of 10. In 1998, he earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Craft in San Francisco, followed by an MFA from Hunter College in New York in 2005. A defining moment came in the early 2000s, when Zach Feuer saw de Balincourt’s work at an Open Studios event at Hunter; shortly thereafter, in 2003, Feuer offered de Balincourt the opportunity for a solo exhibition at his gallery in Chelsea. De Balincourt frequently paints on board rather than canvas, giving the work a rough, raw texture, and uses an array of bright, rich colors. His works range from geometric and practically abstract to Pop-like figurative painting of Americana themes, reminiscent of Jasper Johns (American, b.1930). While de Balincourt intends to offer social commentary in his work, sometimes verging on anti-conservative propaganda, he often does so with a playful sense of humor. In his painting U.S World Studies II (2005), a recognizable map of the United States is rendered in a garish rainbow of colors, showing rectangular-shaped states jumbled throughout and purposefully out of order or misplaced. Jules de Balincourt has contributed to numerous exhibits around the world, including recent solo exhibitions at the Deitch Projects gallery in New York and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

Timeline

1972
Born in Paris
1998
BFA, California College of Arts and Craft, San Francisco, CA
2005
MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitions

2011
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
2011
Visions, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
2011
2011 Bridgehampton Biennial, Curated by Bob Nickas, Martos Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, USA
2011
New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
2011
Facemaker, curated by K. Grayson, Royal/T, Los Angeles, USA
2010
The Secret Lives of Trees, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz (group)
2010
Little Worlds, Luce Gallery, Turin (group)
2010
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (solo)
2009
10th Havana Biennial, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana (group)
2009
Mixing It Up: Recent Hunter MFAs Working in Combined Media, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York (group)
2009
Return to Function, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison Transitions. Painting at the (other) End of Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia Cave Painting, PSM, Berlin Germany and Gresham’s Ghost, New York (group)
2009
New York Minute, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (group)
2009
FUTURESCAPE: Making of the Super City, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs (group)
2009
STAGES, Deitch Projects, New York (group)
2008
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Westchester (group)
2008
Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigram Gallery, London (group)
2008
21: Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn (group)
2008
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York (group)
2008
I want a little sugar in my bowl, Asia Song Society, New York (group)
2008
Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2007 White Columns ,New York (group)
2008
Malpais, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris (solo)
2008
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville (solo)
2007
Unknowing Man’s Nature, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York (solo)
2007
Allweweresayingwasgivepeaceachance, Mario Diacono at Ars Libri, Boston (solo)
2006
Accidental Tourism and the Art of Forgetting, Arndt and Partner, Berlin (solo)
2006
“Overland Park, KS Poets/Paintings” , Ulrich Museum of Art Wichita, USA
2006
“Notre Histoire”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2006
“Humor Me”, Kansas City Art Institute, Museum, Kansas City, USA
2006
“USA Today”, The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Great Britain
2006
“Wrong Gallery at the Whitney Biennal”, New York, USA
2006
“City”, KS Selections from the Permant Collection, Nerman Museum of Art, Overland Park, USA
2006
Arndt and Partner, Berlin (solo)
2005
“This is Our Town”, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York (solo)
2005
“New Art”, Ulrich Museum of Art Wichita, USA
2005
“Prague Biennale 2”, Prague, Czech Republic
2005
“Greater New York”, PS1/MOMA, Queens, NY
2004
“Trunk of Humors”, Deitch Projects, New York
2004
“4 und 4”, Muller DeChiara, Berlin
2004
“The Dreamland Artist Club”, Creative Time / Coney Island, New York
2004
Armory Show / LFL Gallery, New York (solo)
2004
“True Stories,” Johnson City Comm. College Art Gallery, Overland Park
2004
“Collection (or How I Spent a Year)”, PS1/MOMA, New York
2004
“Rowdy Remix”, ATM Gallery, New York
2004
“American Stars ‘n Bars”, Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, USA
2003
“Summer Jam”, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
2003
College Art Association MFA Selection Exhibition, New York
2003
“Today’s Man”, John Connelly Presents, New York
2003
“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
2003
“Land of Many Uses”, LFL Gallery, New York (solo)
2003
Solo exhibition, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston (solo)
2002
“Brooklyn Front”, Other Routes (Mixed Greens), Brooklyn
2002
Art Hut, Nutty, San Francisco
2000
Solo Exhibition, Space 743, San Francisco (solo)
1999
Southern Exposure, 15th Annual Hospitality House, San Francisco
1998
Solo Exhibition, Soapbox Gallery, Venice, USA (solo)