Julien Colombier, ambassador for Neopastel
From: Paris, France
Caran d’Ache product used: Neopastel
Born in 1972, Julien Colombier lives and works in Paris. Textile prints and Art Deco trained his eye with regard to shape, colour and attention to detail. Early ‘hypnoses’ led him to Matisse and Keith Haring, artists capable of rendering the energy of joy in paint. The young artist then discovered the power of the motif: repeated, hammered and punctuated motifs and their constant rhythm. Using a black background and armed with a range of pastels and chalks, he honed his technique filling space with a collision of colours that he would use as a source of light. Jungles, clouds, waves and geometric shapes were the pretexts for these contrasts and reality became distorted, bordering on the abstract. For while he demonstrated a preference for universal and timeless motifs, they were not for all that his subjects; they served more as media to create atmospheres free from narration and personal projection. One overriding principle could be seen: first to provoke a raw, frontal impact and then to release the shock wave, more refined and subtle. “Weary” of the worlds of fashion and design, these vibrations would soon find new territories to colonise. Julien Colombier has turned his attention to books, cyma, fabrics, walls and skate parks; he has worked with prestigious companies and his works are exhibited throughout Europe and the US. And most importantly, as he moves from one project to another, he enjoys finding a form of harmony in dissonance.
“I only became interested in oil pastels at a relatively late stage of my career and attached no importance to materials… then one day I saw the ruby red NEOPASTEL and it was as if it literally resonated on my black backgrounds! So I tried all the colours in the range and they all offered the same intensity… Now they are all I ever use. ”