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INTERVIEW: JEAN-FRANÇOIS JULLIEN

Interviews | November 25, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Jean-François Jullien

Interview: Jean-François Jullien
Luca Curci
talks with Jean-François Jullien during ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021, at Medina Art Gallery.

Jean-François Jullien makes illustration and engraving since 2012. He engraved 230 plates to date. Also in 2012 he became Member of the Taylor Paris Foundation an in the following years Member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and of the Society of French Artists. He also won many awards related to his participation in different International Biennials and Triennials of engraving abroad together with other prizes like the Gold Medal of the association Arts, Sciences, Letters in 2015, the National Bronze Medal of Fine Arts in 2016 and the Bronze Medal French Artists in 2019.

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Image courtesy of Jean-François Jullien

LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
JEAN-FRANÇOIS JULLIEN –
It is the most complete expression of human genius. It is also the most formidable tool to defy death and the passing of time.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
JFJ –
I am French and Provençal by origin. I also have Genoese and Polish ancestry. My influences are the museums, including the Louvres in Paris, and the Prado Museum in Madrid.

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Image courtesy of Jean-François Jullien

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JFJ –
Unconsciously, the artist is still influenced by the masters of the past. For me, they are the ones who gravitate in the imaginary, visionary and fantastic universe. My favorites are: Piranesi, Dali, Goya, Bosch, Brughel.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JFJ –
It is at the same time to respect the old masters without whom we would be nothing; but also innovate by its own style. A work of art must always convey feeling, affect, and a state of mind.

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Image courtesy of Jean-François Jullien

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JFJ –
The artist’s invoice must not remain fixed. The visual artist must always renew himself, question himself in order to evolve. Lately, I would tend to move towards lyrical abstraction where figuration dissolves. However, I still remain attached to the narrative. I tell stories; and it’s a bit of the Commedia d’el Arte.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
JFJ –
Your high-quality festival brings together quality artists with a wide variety of plastics in a single, well-chosen venue.

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Image courtesy of Jean-François Jullien

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
JFJ –
ITSLIQUID GROUP is an opportunity to be seized. With it, this is my 6th exhibition in Italy among my 60 participations abroad in the field of engraving since January 2015. To date, I have engraved 230 plates whose prints I exhibit all over the world.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JFJ –
It allows everyone to express themselves, allowing them to have an idea of the immense artistic diversity.

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Image courtesy of Jean-François Jullien

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