Meet Parisian Artist, Julien des Monstiers

Diana Vernon

When we first saw Julien des Monstiers paintings, we immediately fell for his bursts of color. His series Tapis, is a set of beautiful floral paintings that carry a nostalgic yet energetic aura to them. Julien is a young artist, who despite his age, is widely acknowledged among the Parisian artistic scene. Graduate of the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, Julien Des Monstiers plays around with colors, textures, concepts and a forgotten artistic savoir faire, in the hope of placing art in a place where it had once been.

TCT: Can you tell us a bit more about your project and style?JDM: For a few years I’ve been working with my paintings as surfaces. In fact, it means that I consider the surface of the painting as a kind of skin. I developed my style of painting in such a way, that the process has a fundamental importance, it allows me to paint either figurative or abstract scenes, it doesn’t matter. I really want to feel free to do whatever I need on the canvas. I use the space of the painting as a screen. Most of the images I use, which can be taken from Art History or Crafts, are pretexts to create appearances on the surface. I look to create “holes” on the pane surface of the painting, that allude to the memory/collective memory or to the classic tricks of painting, composition and use of colors. I first work on the different strata and then I decide which kind of pattern I will confront it to, so that the final process often looks like an image damaged by time.

TCT: What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the art business? JDM: You should be working by now. TCT: What is the most unusual request (related to your work) you’ve had? JDM: ‘Where does your interest in flowers come from?’ As I said before, It’s always a matter of pretexts, I could paint everything. Flowers are interesting because of their shapes and colors…and also because of their use in Art History. I’m more interested in the question ‘What?’ rather than ‘Why?’

TCT: What’s next?JDM: I’m actually working on my solo exhibition at Christophe Gaillard Gallery, which will take place on January 2016, in Paris.

TCT: What is your favorite art gallery or museum and why? JDM: It actually depends on the exhibitions… I spend some time in all the galleries located in Le Marais, Paris’ third district, that’s where you can see a large panel of the contemporary Art. I also like to regularly have a look at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo or The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. But on a more personal level, I often go to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature or the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

TCT: What is the most memorable moment from your career?JDM: Every time I meet someone who believes in my work: artists friends, gallerists or collectors. But more specifically, my new collaboration with Christophe Gaillard. He has just opened a wonderful new Gallery, near the Centre Georges Pompidou and being able to showcase my work there is really exciting!

Beach or mountain? Beach. I have a special and personal link to the sea ever since I’m a child, especially since I also practice surfing…Braque or Miró? MiróPalais de Tokyo or Pompidou? It depends but because I’m a young artist, the Palais de Tokyo seems, sometimes, to be more attractive; it’s more about what’s happening now, more experimental.Wine or beer? WineLove or friendship? Friendship. It’s more difficult, and it’s truly precious.Guy de Maupassant or Marcel Proust? Marcel Proust. I’ll never forget the pleasure I felt while reading A La recherche du temps perdu, one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Visit Julien Des Monstiers’ website and discover more artworks of this Parisian artist: Introduction by Diana Vernon </p>Introduction by Diana Vernon

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.