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Minimalist drawing and painting on paper glued on wood


PublisherJuliet Vles
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About the artist

Juliet Vles is an European multidisciplinary artist, born in 1950 in the Netherlands, of Swiss-French nationality and actually living and working in Switzerland. Essentially an abstract painter and sculptor, whose work is mainly to be found in arte povera and minimal art collections, her artistic interests also include installation work, drawing and digital painting.

The works of the Krypta series, half-painting half-sculpture, are geometrical constructions overlaid with painting, drawing and written panels incrusted, intarsia-like, into the supporting frame. The word «Krypta» (from Greek «hidden», «secret») stands for an artistic expression that does not seek to depict reality, nor even its abstraction, but the imago of an unconscious area of the mind not immediately accessible to analytical intelligence.

Formally, the hallmark of Vles’ artwork is the unusual combination of its sober, geometrical underlying structure and the multilayered, rough texture of the painted surface. Although often shown in exhibitions featuring Concret Art, her work owes more to the Support/Surface movement than to formal Constructivism.
 In her recent work, the artist increasingly abandons the notion of "making images" and rather sees her wall sculptures as an extension of architecture - expanding the supporting wall by an additional physical and esthetical dimension.

 For the Krypta archives go to

Krypta making of:


Juliet Vles’ glassworks cycle recounts of light, transparency and reflection. Her wallsculpture combines woodwork with reverse glass painting, as panes of glass are inserted, intarsia-like, into the wooden chassis. The reflections in the glass panel re-compose the image by incorporating elements of the real world into the artwork. A new design emerges, an image-behind-the-image, that evolves in accordance with its environment, daytime and illumination. Beyond its esthetical impact, this virtual painting on transparency can also be perceived as a metaphor of another, transreal dimension. In 2017, Vles started working on a series of reverse glass paintings, revisiting the glass sculptures and installations she created between 1997 and 2003 and drawing on the technical experience she acquired during that period. 

For the glassworks archives go to


The works of the « transCerebral » cycle are à critical and satirical reflexion on the ambiguous role of the brain in our society. Far from being the simple instrument of rationality it is supposed to be, our brain often acts as undercover agent at the service of our most sordid instincts, sneakily substituting rationality by rationalisation. Metaphor of the schizophrenic condition of human intelligence, these images denounce the alarming discrepancy between our cognitive intelligence and our incapacity to transfer this knowledge into our social life. The transCerebral series turns around two main socio-neurological problems: the lob-sided development of our (very advanced) technical intelligence on the one side and our (very retarded) ethical intelligence on the other, and, secondo; the extent of genetic and educational patterning of our brain and the consequential question about the degree of free thought and decision-making (if any) accorded to the human race.   

For the transCerebral archives go to

(text by Leon Taveling (extracts)




2021  FLECKEN / City Hall - Zurzach, Switzerland
2019  MYOPIC MASTERMIND / Annual Research Day,  School of Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) - Maastricht, Netherlands
2017  transCerebral / Berlin School of Mind and Brain – Berlin, Germany2016
2016  Hirngespinste / Centre des Sciences Neurologiques,  Ecole Polytechnique (ETH) - Zürich, Switzerland2015
2015  KRYPTA / Château de Mons - Caussens, France2015
2015  Brainscapes / Forum des Sciences Cognitives, Université René Descartes - Paris, France
2014  transCerebral / Musée d'Histoire Naturelle – Toulouse, France
2013  taaltralies / Réfectoire des Cordeliers - Paris, France
2012  Peindre sur Papier / Centre Culturel Paul Ricard – Abzac, France
2011  Lâmina / Château d'Aubiac - Aubiac, France2007
2007  Lâmina / Château Prieural de Monsempron Libos – Monsempron, France2006
2006  Cerveaulant / Galerie des Tanneries - Nérac, France
2004  Witwater / Château d'Aubiac - Aubiac, France
2002  NUMA ou la Géométrie de la Paix / Château d'Aubiac – Agen, France
2001  Non decet! / Espace Chantal Dazin - Aubiac, France2001
2001  Non decet! / Galerie des Tanneries - Nérac, France
1999  un vers de dreyt nien / Centre Culturel Crédit Suisse – Zürich, Switzerland
1998  La Voix du Silence (dans le cadre du Festival "Eclats de Voix") / Maison de Gascogne - Auch, France
1998  Lightyears (avec Serge Fudji) / Centre Culturel de Bardos – Bardos, France
1997  Lightyears / Bucher & Scholl - Lengnau, Switzerland
1997  Lightyears / Chantal Dazin - Agen, France1
1996  Katharoi (avec la participation d'Amnesty International) / Château de Lavarden - Lavardens, France
1995  Rare Earth / Espace Croix-Baragnon - Toulouse, France
1995  Seltene Erden / Galerie Alleman - Zürich, Switzerland
1994  The Gers Paintings / Abbaye de Flaran - Valence, France
1994  The Gers Paintings / Galerie Alleman - Zürich, Switzerland



2021  SwissArt 21 / The Artbox Project Gallery / Station Hall –Zürich CH, Switzerland
2021  Semi-finalist in WORLD 1.0 The Artbox Projects / Galerie Artbox & ARTSY – Zürich, Switzerland
2020  Swiss Art Expo - ARTBOX PROJECT ZÜRICH 2.0 / Zürich Hauptbahnhof – Zürich, Switzerland
2019  Singularités / Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMC), - Cordes sur Ciel, France2016
2016  CONSULART / l'artiste représentant la Suisse / MAMA Musée de l'Artisanat et des Métiers d'Art - Marseille, France   
2014  Singularités / Espace Rochegude / Les Guetteurs - Albi, France
2006  Oeuvres Orphelines / L'inventaire - Montauban, France
2005  L'esthétique des Vautours / Casernes Lalanne, avec Rougerouge – Auch, France
2004  Hommage à Paul Luis Rossi / Médiathèque Jacques Demy – Nantes, France
2002  Traversales 02 / Les Tanneries de Nérac, en collaboration avec arcos - Nérac, France
2001  Traversales / La ville de Lectoure, en collaboration avec arcos – Lectoure, France2001
2001  L'éloquence des Loques / Musée des Beaux-arts – Pau, France
2000 Bât'Image / Le Bâtiment - Saint Paul de Baïse, France
2000  L'éloquence des Loques / Musée Ingres - Montauban, France1999
1999  Fin du Siècle / Ambassade de Suisse - Paris, France
1998  L'oustaou dou Saleys / Centre Culturel - Saliès de Béarn, France
1995  Festival de la Sculpture / La Ville d'Abzac - Abzac, France
1998  Collection de Plieux / Abbaye de Flaran - Valence, France1
1997  Collection de Plieux / Centre Ecurueil - Toulouse, France
1997  Face à la pensée totalitaire / Centre Cuzin - Auch, France
1997  Festival Grains de Sable / Parc de la Mounède - Toulouse, France
1996  Detours / Agora Art Gallery - Billère, France
1996  Juxtapositions / Château de Larrazet - Beaumont, France
1996  Contemporain / Centre Culturel de Verdun - Verdun, France
1995  Le Proche et le Lointain / Musée des Beaux-Arts - Pau, France
1995  Le Proche et le Lointain / Musée Ingres - Montauban, France
1995  Rencontres / Galerie Spielman - St. Gallen, Switzerland


PUBLICATIONS  (selection)

2021  Kunstplatform OnlineGallery
VIND magazine, Pan edition

2021 Semi-finaliste of the Artbox project WORLD 1.0  
2020 Glassworks catalogue by Artbox/Projects Gallery
2019 ARTBOX/Projects gallery: Katalog Juliet Vles transCerebral
2019  ARTBOX/Projects gallery:  Katalog Juliet Vles Wall Sculpture
2019  ARTS Illustrated magazine  - The Art of Juliet Vles  
2017  Introduction d'exposition- Berlin School of Mind and Brain / Juliet vles
2019  Canvas Saatchi Art- Inside the Studio / Juliet Vles
2016  Catalogue d'exposition- Consul'Art / Suisse / Juliet Vles
2014  La Dépêche du Midi- L'art contemporain au Château de Mons
2014  Sud- Ouest- Juliet Vles expose au Château de Mons
2014  Sud-ouest- Une tête bien pleine
2013  Essay / David Lanstedt- Archives du Préverbal
2009  Essay / Tijs Ulevel- Cerveaulant
2007  A crâne ouvert / G.Leon Taveling
2005  Introduction d'exposition- Witwater
2003  Cimaise Revue d'Art n° 278- La peur de l'image dans l'art contemporain / Juliet Vles
2002  Catalogue - Travaux sur Tranparence / Dr. Judith Hoffmann
2001  Sud-ouest- L'Art dans la Ville / Alain Huc de Vaubert
2000  France 3 Télévision : Bât’Image
2000  Sud-ouest- Bât'Image / Alain Huc de Vaubert   
1999  Catalogue d'exposition / Ambassade de Suisse- Fin de Siècle

1998  Le mur, le silence, la lumière / Prof. Bernd Scholl Introduction d'exposition / Espace Culturel Crédit Suisse- 
1998  Catalogue d'exposition / Centre Culturel de Bardos- L'art dans la rue
1998  La Dépêche du Midi- L'espace du Silence / Alain Huc de Vaubert
1998  Introduction d'exposition- Dieu comme une tache sur le mur
1997  Dépêche du Midi- Le Musée est dans le Pré / Nicole Zimmermann
1997  Catalogue d'exposition- Collection de Plieux / Juliet Vles
1997  Tagesanzeiger Zürich- Lightyears / Magdalena Mertens
1996  Catalogue d'exposition- Centre Culturel de Verdun
1996  Catalogue d'exposition- Festival de la Sculpture
1996  Sud-ouest- Juxtapositions / Vanessa Danis
1996  La Dépêche du Midi- Pictural Web / Alain Huc de Vaubert
1996  Sud-ouest- L mythe cathare réinventé / Pierre-Jean Pyrda
1996  Publication Amnesty International- Contre l'intolérance / Gisèle Polya-Somogyi
1996  Introduction d'exposition / Château de Lavardens- Katharoi –fragment d'une exposition
1996  Catalogue d'exposition / Agora- Les sept péchés capitaux
1995  Atlantica Littéraire- Le Noir et le Blanc
1995  Catalogue / Agora- Noir et Blanc
1995  Catalogue d'exposition / Musée Ingres- Le Proche et le Lointain 
1995  Toulouse Culture- MatIère première / Dr. Judith Hoffmann
1994  Tagesanzeiger- Bilder in meinem Kopf
1992  Catalogue - Azais


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GW17/16 (diptych)
Sculpture, 123x100x6 cm (w/h/d)
solaris 3
Sculpture, 100x80x5 cm (w/h/d)
Solaris 13
Sculpture, 100x80x5 cm (w/h/d)
Sculpture, 237x122x14 cm (w/h/d)
L110 (beautiful orphans)
Sculpture, 80x80x11 cm (w/h/d)
GW17/23 (study for obsidian)
Sculpture, 100x80x5 cm (w/h/d)
Solaris 12
Sculpture, 100x80x5 cm (w/h/d)
windows on white (1)
Collages, 58x102x5.5 cm (w/h/d)
L93 (lukanon)
Sculpture, 60x200x12 cm (w/h/d)
L104 (ways of perception=
Sculpture, 96x90x6 cm (w/h/d)