Balthazar Kaplan

Balthazar KAPLAN

Location: France

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. 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.
From 1988 to 2006, I gave up painting and drawing and rather liked to write novels and essays.
From 2006, a new generation of comics’ authors discovered again the revue Dorénavant. Some books and articles have been published about it. The website Du9 put online the whole revue.
At the same period, I decided to get back to drawing and painting.
May-july 2018, first exhibition in The Lavoir, in Rennes (France).
Fall 2018 : Publication of two paintings in the Parisian revue “L’Echaudée” (number 8)
January 2019, exhibit in Angoulême, during the bande dessinée festival.
June 2019, exhibit in the Rennes art market.
October 2019 : exhibit in the YIA (Young International Artfair) in Paris
October 2020 : exhibit in Elan d’Art in Montpellier


My portfolio

I took from the comics its syntax : I divided the canvas into several spaces to give an illusion of time. My painting is narrative but not an illustration. The story is inside, the story has to be built. It’s like a poem.
It’s also a game with our reminiscences of pictures from children books, comics, advertising, street art…
And like carnivorous plants : behind the attractive colors, somethingelse, more harrowing…

Up to where ? “Up to where ?”

Oil on canvas, 100 cm x 81 cm, 2020

Him and Her “Him and Her”

oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, 2020

the merry-go-round of the life “the merry-go-round of the life”

oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, 2020

The secret “The secret”

oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, 2019

ecstasy and after “ecstasy and after”

oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, 2019

Liberation “Liberation”

oil on canvas, 65 x 92 cm, 2019

on stage “on stage”

oil on canvas, 60 x 81 cm, 2019

Night and Day “Night and Day”

oil on canvas, 73 x 100 cm, 2020

Our Time “Our Time”

oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, 2019

They failed to stop the desire “They failed to stop the desire”

oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, 2018

danse with the moon “danse with the moon”

oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm, 2019

Invasion “Invasion”

oil painting, 89 x 116 cm, 2020