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Julien Rubat in his studio at Vermont Studio Center in 2022

Julien Rubat (b. 1980) is a French visual artist currently based in France.

Through the accumulation of layers of paper and acrylics, Rubat’s paintings form branching patterns that intersect and overlap, creating intricate and interconnected shapes that appear to be in a constant state of growth and transformation.

The overall effect is one of organic complexity, with each line seeming to adapt to its surrounding environment and evolve like a living organism. The use of bold monochromatic colors, contrasting with neutral backgrounds, convey a sense of vitality and energy as if the paintings themselves are alive and growing.

Each painting is highly detailed with a tactile quality, creating a depth and complexity that further enhances the sense of organic materiality and inviting closer inspection.

The large-scale works cover the canvas entirely, immersing and enveloping the viewer in a world of individual components shaped by the forces of flow and movement, that seem to spread out and intertwine with one another to create larger whole.