Jean Mallard Hides Enchanting Mysteries Underneath the Dreamy Shroud of Nightfall — Colossal

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January 31, 2024

Grace Ebert

All pictures © Jean Mallard, shared with permission

Awash in blues and greens, Jean Mallard’s watercolor illustrations plunge us into enchanting worlds of knights, castles, and darkish forests. The Paris-based artist gravitates towards thriller and magic, rendering tiny characters amid huge landscapes of rolling hills and pastel skies.

Many works proven listed here are commissions for a youngsters’s movie competition and a ebook of tales from the Center Ages, and all seem as if from a dream. Mallard envisions a sizzling air balloon with a whole ecosystem tucked in its basket and flying rigs with vegetation and peacocks. “I favored mixing on this floating vessel, actual individuals and different hybrids, like messengers from an imaginary world who information us in direction of fiction and desires,” he shares.

Most just lately, Mallard has turned his focus to nighttime and the unusual, bewitching nature of nightfall. “It’s certainly one of my favourite topics as a result of it’s a great way to inform, by landscapes and nocturnal atmospheres, the sentiments that undergo me and that I can’t categorical in some other approach,” he says. This fascination emerges in a twin exhibition with Lili Wooden, whose vibrant, daytime work counter Mallard’s moody evenings. Titled Wandering, that present is on view by February 24 at Burronzu Gallery in Liège.

Sustain with Mallard’s newest illustrations—he’s at present engaged on a collection for storybook and a group primarily based on Midsummer—on Instagram. Store prints and originals at La Gradual Galerie.


a knight wanders in a forest of green trees and flowers, with a red lion lurking nearby

“Yvain and the Lion”

a hot air balloon with an ecosystem and drippy puddle in its basket flies in a pastel sky

“Scorching air balloon”

three soldiers on horses stand on a hill and look at a castle city in the distance under a sky with a crescent moon and constellations

“Metropolis of Everlasting Night time”

a tiny pool of water surrounded by trees and houses sits in a vast blue expanse

“Misplaced Oasis”

an illuminated amusement park ride dangles seats in the sky with lush blue foliage in the foreground


a knight on a white horse stands near a forest and peers up at a castle on a mountaintop in the distance

“The city within the mountain”

a man and woman walk along a beach with a lush green forest in the background. a dense cluster of castles sits underneath a lake in the foreground

“The citadel underneath the lake”

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