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Somewhere as beautiful as anywhere 

With this new set of canvas entitled "Somewhere as beautiful as before", Julien Graizely devotes himself more than ever to the exercise of figuration: like accelerated film scenes, he questions the time that passes and that escapes us. . The artist in no way seeks to explore a particular theme: the ideas mingle with each other according to his work. The presence and then the disappearance are continuous, like imprints left on a landscape or in memories.

Julien Graizely works his canvas by superimposing patterns and materials: adding then erasing and starting again and again. Sometimes there is almost nothing left on his web – nothing? not exactly. These bright and flamboyant colors, intertwined with anonymous figures, give an eminently narrative dimension, always charged with mysteries and the unspoken. These landscapes, beaches and deserts dear to the artist are peaceful places where light and bodies express themselves, intersect, escape and look at each other.

The artist talks about the subject of color and tells us: “Yellow, always yellow? Why do I choose yellow? What does it have to offer? Although this discreet color is not widely used, Michel Pastoureau considers it the color of the future and of prosperity. Me, with yellow, I have a greater desire to completely let go. To let everything that goes through my head exist even more. Not to hesitate to spoil, damage, cross out, erase, write and face. Often my characters were from behind; there, they look at the one who looks. They talk to him and write to him. These bits of phrases, puns or song titles are normally left on the studio walls or written on scraps of paper; but I decided that this time they had their place on the web. »

Olivier Waltman
Paris, February 2022


« What to do, what to paint after such a particular 2020 ? For his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, Julien Graizely aims to question our world, as frozen and dark as it appears and wonders what kind of reality his artistic practice could oppose to it.

In the midst of a time that held its breath, he saw the opportunity of a possible contemplation. The vast natural landscapes of the Charente region where he lives, the pine tree forests in Landes (South-West of France) where he endlessly wanders as well as the houses of the Atlantic shores helped set the frame of his new body of works. But the artist also decided to immerse himself anew in the lights and colours that he discovered during his residency program in Miami the previous year, XNUMX. As if driven by a vital force, the bright and contrasted tones, reminiscent of his time in Florida, bring life to the void and the silence of those French landscapes. They convey an energy with which the artist’s gesture expresses a strong and tormented movement.

Out of this unexpected production, Julien Graizely selected ten works that not only speak about immobility and wait but also of strength and expectation.

His joyous expressionistic style gives a prominent importance to the motive : the imagination may freely spread out and reach fictional, and – why not ? - romantic terrotories. Thus, Julien Graizely’s work reasserts the capacity of the painting to open a mental space, sensitive, vibrant, most intimate and full of possibilities. »

Olivier Waltman

Paris, January 2021


In the exhibition Surexposition, the young artist pursues an exploration of themes that have underlined his work since the beginning of his artistic career: the temporality of time and the imprint left by an individual as much on a landscape as in a memory.

Similar to accelerated film scenes, the oeuvres of Julien Graizely reveal a double dynamic, firstly of concentration and secondly of expansion. His work focuses on the passing of time and fleeting moments. He paints and erases his subjects to create a superimposition of each form that reveals various moments in time. The presence and vanishing of the figures are superimposed with the artist’s memory, a representation of Julien Graizely’s allegory on life. Concentrated on the collection of paintings that represent the human condition, the artist transports these illustrations into momentary yet essential instances permitting the viewer to access the most intimate of memories. The human condition.

The artist displays a world filled with rich senses, bright and powerful lighting, a generous approach – almost rapacious- to drawing, a sensuality that reminds one of beaches where bodies are liberated and exposed in a vibrant environment. The title of the exhibition, Surexposition, describes the flux of ideas and lines in Julien Graizely’s research process. The cinematographic influence is manifested through the use of framing and lighting that recall film stills. The artist displays a strong interest in drawing and the composition of super-exposed images. Julien Graizely is a graduate from the Ecole Boulle. He lives and works in the Cognac region of France. He has been represented by Galerie Olivier Waltman since 1980.