Born 1985, Paris, France
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium
Julien Saudubray received his degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2012 and has since exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout Belgium, France, and Germany. He attended a number of residencies including the CAB Foundation and Boghossian Foundation, both in Brussels, and PASSAGE in Bergerac and has been the recipient of the Watch This Space biennial prize awarded by 50° nord in 2016 and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Prize as part of the Prix Médiatine in 2020.
Saudubray’s decade-long career began with painting, but he soon ventured into other visual disciplines including installation and performance. It was only recently that he returned to his oil and brush, feeling inspired to formulate a new visual language by experimenting with alchemy and intuitive gestures. By releasing formal constraints and stripping painting down do its purest and most austere forms, he allows his canvases with their sweeping, undulating shapes and warm, bright colors, to come to life.
“I would like the forms to impose themselves on me…until the painting, so to speak, begins to paint itself.”