Julien Sartkis has lived in Deauville since he was 14. Very attached to this town, it was important for him to continue to make it known, via the parasols, which are an international emblem of Deauville. The genesis of the creation of these carefully styled works, which can be personalised as required, is a mixture of personal feelings and a link with the Deauville area.
"When I was younger, I often ran on the Deauville boards. I used to run past the parasols every day, and these colours, similar to a can of paint turned upside down, impregnated me. The artistic trigger came later, however, after the opening of a gallery in Paris. Back in Deauville, Julien Sartkis lingered with the painters who drew the beach, on the Planches. He then decided to launch himself, totally. It's a sort of return to his roots for this son of an art dealer.
"I've been sculpting since I was a child," he says.
This self-taught artist from Deauville has created sculptures representing the famous beach umbrellas.
The painters Fernand Léger, André Hamburg, James Rassiat, and photographers John Batho and Massimo Vitali have represented the parasols of Deauville on numerous occasions and have contributed to their popularity, even outside France. But never before has this emblem of the Normandy town been shaped into a sculpture. This has now been done, with the work of Julien Sartkis, a 35-year-old artist from Deauville who has created representations of the famous parasols.
Since then, he has created numerous versions of them in three sizes.