Featured Artist | Balthazar Kaplan

Born in 1965 in Paris. Self-taught artist. I live in Rennes (Brittany, France)

In 1986, I created with Bathelemy Schwartz the revue Dorénavant, one of the first avant-garde revue of comics theory: this revue (1986 – 1988) proposed a new definition of the comic strip as a simple juxtaposition of pictures. Also, were included with the comics some paintings of Klee, Kandinsky or Picasso. This statement was also a way to create a new connection between comics and paintings: what was at stake then, was not the graphics (like for Lichtenstein or Combas) but the division of the canvas. Thanks to this, the painting would find again its very old and deep temptation: the illusion of time, which can create a narrative or a musical dimension.

The French comics’ world reacted sometimes with curiosity but most of the time with rejection. The art world ignored it.

From 1988 to 2006, I gave up painting and drawing and rather liked to write novels and essays.
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