Interviews | June 22, 2022 |

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

Interview: Journou
Luca Curci
talks with Journou during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

Contemporary painter, Arnaud JOURNOU was born in 1981 in Brittany to a family open to the world, itself from Italy and Poland. JOURNOU has been attracted to graphic art since his early childhood. As a young draftsman, at the age of 14, he met Bernard-Marie LAUTE, a painter, photographer, and filmmaker with a passion for modern painting. Thirsty for advice, he will then spend several days in his studio by his side. His influence will encourage him to persist. He quickly finds his universe, that of POP ART, on the border of Street Art and press cartoons, feeding on popular culture. His creations are conceived as homages to life and also to feminity, carnal and sensual.

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

In 2018, he met with success thanks to his collaboration with Christophe PETYT, the manager of the JACKSON family. Exhibiting his colorful canvases in major galleries in Brussels, Paris, Dubaï and New York, JOURNOU also exercises his art in the customization of various products in the field of luxury, haute couture, or even sculptures. He signs artistic collaborations with prestigious brands such as PRIVATE HAUTE COUTURE, BMW, NODIE’S, and EVENTS FAMILY. Several French celebrities call on JOURNOU for a creation. Painting is for him a means of expression and sharing. Whether his works are tasted, criticized or provocative, his art must be in motion and in effervescence

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
It’s the interpretation of the world around me.

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

LC – What are you currently working on?
J –
The customization of a 3D statue in the shape of a gorilla and a canvas of 430 x 100 cm.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
J –
It’s living a recreation every day.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
J –
Yes, they influence me.

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
J –
Yes, my style is becoming more refined and more colorful and intuitive.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
J –
Love is a new trend that implies that more than anything love must always triumph.

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
J –
The work was created for the exhibition because I mainly paint on demand.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
J –
Yes, because the group allows us to highlight several artists from different horizons in extraordinary and frequented places.

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
J –
Yes, it was a great experience for me.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
J –
The proposed formula is complete. Maybe send more photos or videos to artists who are unable to travel to exhibitions.

Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou
Image courtesy of Arnaud Journou

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