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“Back to School” (2017), Popasna, Ukraine. All images © Seth Globepainter, shared with permission
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Carrying the Weight of War: Seth Globepainter’s Murals Reflect the Innocence of Childhood

If you walk down any busy city street, you’ll likely stumble upon a mural painted on the side of buildings. These murals can be anything from honoring local heroes to making political statements. Julien Malland, who goes by the name Seth Globepainter, is a French artist famed for his murals.

Julien’s murals reflect the lightheartedness, resolution, and purity of childhood. Present in various cities, from Paris to Jersey City to Amman, the large-scale pieces portray suburban scenes with a sense of humor. The faceless characters tend to be optimistic even as they confront adversity. In his most recent murals addressing the ongoing war in Ukraine, Malland provides a much-needed reminder of the resilience of children.

Currently, Malland focuses on a series of hand-embellished lithographs while prepping for his solo show at Fluctuart in Paris. This October 27 event will mark the artist’s debut at the gallery, and he also has a monograph publishing this fall. Fans can follow along with updates on that release and the latest murals by checking out Malland’s Instagram profile.

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“Back to School” (2017), Popasna, Ukraine. All images © Seth Globepainter, shared with permission
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“Secret Garden” (2022), Jersey City
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Réunion Island (2021)
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“Eye to Eye” (2021), Grenoble, France
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“Ukraine” (2022), Paris, France
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Detail of “Eye to Eye” (2021), Grenoble, France
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“Three Cages” (2021), Amman, Jordan

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