Jules Andrieu, born in 1991 in Bordeaux, 2009 to 2010 artistic preparatory year in Nice, 2010 to 2013 art bachelor in Aix-en-Provence, Oct 2015 to 2020 Art Academy Karlsruhe with Prof Balkenhol, 2020 to 2021Master student with Prof Balkenhol, June 2021 Founding artist studio in Renchen near Baden-Baden. Jules Andrieu's main interest is the themes of gravity, tension and verticality, which can be felt in almost all his works. He draws inspiration for his sculptural works from nature, the four elements doctrine and the various states of matter. The artist intricately produces his semi-abstract bronze and iron sculptures using a drip-welding process he developed himself to achieve a form and texture all his own. The durability of bronze and iron play a crucial role for him. Jules Andrieu lives in Renchen near Offenburg / Baden-Baden.
When did you start working as an artist?
The question "When did I start working as an artist?" does not arise for me. Being an artist is a way of life. Take a look at the different phases of my development and decide for yourself from which of my works you would speak of art.
Why did you start working as an artist?
Most professions lack something for me. Few fields offer me this symbiosis between theory and practice that I find in artistic creation. In other words, the interplay between thinking and doing. The freedom to implement with my hands what my imagination shows me.
Who and what inspires you?
There are definitely older artists and masters whose ways of thinking and seeing things feed my thoughts in an inspiring way. But I want to avoid an excessive classification of my art and refrain from offering too many connecting bridges for it. Otherwise I dedicate my work to nature and the universe. I walk through the day open to experiences and encounters. And one or the other gives me something, which I convert into art. I believe very strongly in the powers of emotions. They make art personal. Today's art scene rarely gives me emotion, the stars are much better at that.
What materials do you work with and why?
I work with energy materials. In my work you will mainly find raw materials such as bronze, iron, aluminum and wood. I appreciate the density and texture of these original materials. They are alive and carry energy.
Which techniques do you prefer?
I find an important function of an artist is to observe. Art always has something to do with changing perspectives: mirroring the world and breaking conventions. This also requires new and unconventional techniques. Consequently, most conventional techniques were not long enough for me, so I developed my own drip-welding process.
Where do you work?
I work in Baden-Württemberg near Offenburg and in France in Bordeaux, my hometown.
Do you want to say something with your art?
Raymond Devos, one of the most famous French comedians of the eighties and nineties, once said: "Many have something to say and say it. But I have nothing to say. Yet I want to say that I have nothing to say!" This describes our present time very well, I think. Everyone can and wants to say something, whether professional or layman. We all want to be involved, whether significant or insignificant. Especially in contemporary art, a lot of emphasis is placed on interpretation and statement. What does your staging say ? How do you interpret this detail? During my studies, someone once said to me: "Jules, your art speaks for itself. It somehow has unambiguity." I think that's what makes my art. Each work is a statement itself. As I mentioned at the beginning, art for me has something to do with reflection. I want to mirror things like uniqueness, authenticity, purity, rootedness and closeness to people. It doesn't always need to be new, fantastic or crazy to enable a change of perspective and clarify one's view.
What is important to you in your work?
I want to give beauty back to people by offering them authenticity. Today's time is so strongly influenced by subjective beauty that I try to break through this and create art that has meaning and that leads people back closer to themselves and to their origin. It is clear that beauty always has a subjective component. But for me beauty is also closely interwoven with applied knowledge and the resulting quality, among other things. On the one hand, I would like my art to be recognized for my theory, "The Art of the Fourth Dimension". Another main goal I see in "contemporary art", which is very dominant in the art scene right now. In my eyes it is too unstable and short-lived. I would like to see a return to more foundation. Back then, art had function. For heaven, a living or deceased person, or it was dedicated to nature and served as an adjunct, accompaniment, protection or healing. With the time these functions have disappeared hardly noticeably in the art world, as I find. I want to counteract this throughout my life. For example, I gave my "Julessteinen" the function of rooting people in their being again. My art can be touched, felt and experienced.
What are your goals?
On the one hand, I would like my art to be recognized for my theory, "The Art of the Fourth Dimension". Another main goal I see in "contemporary art", which is very dominant in the art scene right now. In my eyes it is too unstable and short-lived. I would like to see a return to more foundation. Back then, art had function. For heaven, a living or deceased person, or it was dedicated to nature and served as an adjunct, accompaniment, protection or healing. With the time these functions have disappeared hardly noticeably in the art world, as I find. I want to counteract this throughout my life. For example, I gave my "Julessteinen" the function of rooting people in their being again. My art can be touched, felt and experienced.
What do you want to achieve in 5 years?
To become a successful artist, but in the good way! Through my "commitment" to the art world and with gratitude for what I have experienced so far. I want to pass this on to the younger generation. In which I can show, for example, through lectures and workshops, how they can save themselves a lot of things, where I had to struggle through unaccompanied.