Turf is somewhat obsessed with Victorian-looking midgets sporting dandy facial hair, Russian icons, dead things of all sorts, carnival sideshows and seedy vermin-infested theatre stages. Technically, his paintings are reminiscent of the 15th century Flemish Primitives.
Kind of.

Jean Labourdette, as his mom still likes to call him, has forged a unique artistic vision and signature aesthetic over years of compulsive creation. In the late eighties he began his journey on the streets of Paris as a graffiti artist renowned for his distinctive and surreal characters. Over the years, Jean evolved into a prolific and sought-after multidisciplinary artist working as an illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and painter. Today, he spends most of his time painting in a messy studio that Bacon would have been proud of, sipping on espressos and beer and talking to himself.

His paintings have shown in galleries around the world including in Paris, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Rome, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. He has created art for clients such as Kanye West, Sony Music, Universal Music, the Canada Council for the Arts, Pound magazine and Le Cirque
























All artwork courtesy of Turf One aka Jean Labourdette  


1 - Pathetic Theater - Acrylic on wood 25 " x 26"

2 - Great Fat - Acrylic on wood 86 " x 43 "

3 - Hate - Mixed media on wood 70 " x 40"

4 - Giant - Mixed media on wood 81 " x 21"

5 - Tin Man - Mixed media on wood and metal 13.5 " x 69.5"
6 - Victorian Robot - Mixed media on wood & vintage grad-father clock 69"x17"
7 - Dead Alive - Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas 12 " x 96"

8 - Dead Kid - Acrylic on wood, vintage frame 21 " x 32.5 " x 3"

9 - Celebration of the Unborn - Acrylic and gold leaf on wood 8.5 " x 16"

10- Dummy - Mixed media on wood 10.5 " x 21 " x 3.5"

11- Coronation of the Unborn - Acrylic on metal 7.5 " x 13"

12- Admiral Emile - Acrylic on wood 31" x 16" x 3"

13- Icone - Acrylic and Metallic paint on wood 10 " x 13"

14- The Messenger - Limited Edition Giclee Print 8.5 " x 21.5"


All images posted here with the permission of Jean Labourdette copyright 2009 All rights reserved.


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