Jean-Claude Claeys Combines Pulpy Dramas with Fine Art

 - Oct 7, 2011
References: jean-claude-claeys & sweet-station
The Parisian-born artist Jean-Claude Claeys paints with all the visceral intensity of a sinfully decadent pulp novel. Drawing from his background in advertising and his love for comics, Claeys has carved out a relevant niche for himself in the art world. Citing films from the Golden Age of Hollywood as his primary source of subject matter, Claeys takes the cinematic cliches and drops them into the gritty backdrop of an abrasive graphic novel.

Claeys splits his time working for a Neo publishing house designing covers for crime novels as well as for Hitchcock Magazine. His professional background is well represented in his work. Claeys weaves a patchwork comprised of retro adverts, bizarre cut outs and hyper-realistic sketches. His palette is vibrant and kitchsy, accented with the tell-tale urban haze of neon lights against wet pavement. Jean-Claude Claeys work makes you feel like you wandered into a movie halfway through the plot. His images fill you with a need to understand the story behind them.

Claey's art leaps off the page and packs a mean punch. Punctuated with the promise of elaborate tale behind each capture, Claey's art has the power to make one stop and stare.