A new monograph traces a decade of travel for the imaginative characters of Seth Globepainter — Colossal

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June 27, 2023

Grace Ebert

2022, Le Mans, France. All images © Julien Malland, shared with permission

Known for filtering incisive social commentary through the lens of infantile innocence, French artist Julien Malland, aka Seth Globepainter, has spent the better part of his career capturing the hope and wonder of adolescence. Her imaginative characters (formerly) appear on walls from Miami to Shanghai and often emerge in locations marked by hardship, including Syrian refugee camps and the bombed-out streets of Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Titled Seth, On the walls, the artist’s first monograph was published in November and chronicles a decade of resilient and youthful subjects. Enveloped in color and playful optical illusions, the largely faceless figures are introspective and often step away from the viewer to rest, play with a friend, or gaze into a distant, unknown future. Many of the murals contain vibrant little portals nestled among gray cityscapes, and like the works themselves, the book takes this optimistic approach to offer « a delicate reading of the world where imagination becomes the cure for all ills ».

Seth, On the walls will be released to US readers in September. Pre-order your copy now and follow the artist’s latest projects on Instagram.

A mural of a child wearing shorts, a t-shirt and a backpack rests on the ground with his face in what appears to be a jumble of colored blocks

“Mauritius” (2016), Port Luis

An open book displays mural images with children huddled on the walls

Two children with their backs turned appear to be using barbed wire to play on the telephone in a mural against a bright blue wall

2019, Little Haiti, Miami

An open book with two images, on the left two children look at the water in a mural, on the right a child in a mural appears to be sleeping in front of the water

A mural on a building shows a child appearing to pull back the facade to reveal the sky

“In the sky” (2015), Le Port Reunion Island

A book is open to a photo filled with crumbling walls and a child appears to be sitting on the top right edge

A childish figure wearing a traditional Ukrainian dress with ribbons made from the dress holds her head in her hands.  A soldier stands below

A 2013 collaboration with Ku2, Kharkiv

A book cover with a vibrant portal and the silhouette of a child in the center

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