Pop artist – Julien Marinetti

I love Pop art because it’s very colourful. The most famous Pop art artists are, indisputably, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

But this year, I discovered a new contemporary artist : Julien Marinetti.

When you go skiing, you don’t except to see pieces of art on the summit of a ski slope. But that’s exactly what happened to us in Courchevel last February. We saw 2 bright and colourful sculptures: a Panda and a Bulldog. I fell immediately in love with the Panda! And I was not alone. Everybody wanted to have his picture taken with the Panda (the Bulldog was unfortunately backlit).
With my mother and sister

Then, in August, I was walking on Park Lane when suddenly, in front of the Dorchester Hotel, I saw the Panda and the Bulldog. Exactly the same!

I couldn’t believe my eyes!  It was like unexpectedly meeting old friends! And they were not alone, they were accompanied by a Teddy bear and 2 Ducks.

After this encounter, I decided to learn more about the artist and this is how I discovered Julien Marinetti.

Born in 1967, Julien Marinetti spent his youth between the workshops of great artists and national museums. He was only five when he created his first still life oil painting on a tea towel and started frenziedly distorting everyday objects into primitive polychromatic sculptures. A few years on, academic drawing and sculpture lessons at the “Ateliers de la Grande Chaumière” became part of his daily routine. He fed his imagination on cinema, classical music and punk rock. Young, impatient and already a prolific artist, he only spent one day at the Beaux-Arts (French Academy of Fine Arts) before dropping out and devoting himself to his art.

After several years of oil painting, in 2004 Julien Marinetti renewed his relationship with sculpture, when his masterpiece “Doggy John”  (named after Tom Ford’s dog) rapidly gained him a name in the artistic world. The artist goes against the tide by choosing to work with bronze, a noble and unalterable material, while the trend is to use resin. He is a master of shape and material, but any classicism ends here: the sculpture unexpectedly becomes a three-dimensional canvas for his imagination.

After his first set of “Doggy John” monochromes, the artist decided to revisit the history of art and its Masters through collages, paintings and lacquers with the series “Doggy John Herald Tribune”.

In 2006, while “Doggy John” has become a global icon, Julien Marinetti abandoned collages and started treating his masterpiece itself as a “support surface” and painted on them, describing his own process of painting on sculpture as “syncretism”, a way of fusing the two techniques.

He enriched his sculptural work by a panda “Bâ”, a death’s head ‘‘Skull”, a regressive teddy bear “Popy” and a rubber duck “Kwak”. The artist unleashes his insolent mastery of colour, always magnified by impeccable varnished and lacquered finishes, giving them a beautiful porcelain-like sheen.

Syncretic and universal, his work is as accessible to the uninitiated as to the most discerning collectors. Marinetti’s work has not ceased to surprise.

I came back a few days later with more time to take more pictures. Those sculptures are so cute… I’d love to have one in my future home!

Doggy John

I also read that this unexpected exhibition continued in the 45 Park Lane Hotel and decided to have a look at the lobby.

For those who didn’t have the chance to pass by the Dorchester this summer, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of Julien Marinetti’s works and to discover other Pop, Street & Modern Art artist at the new Galerie Bartoux located 104 New Bond Street, W1S, London, due to open in September 2014.

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