Throughout his artistic career, Julien Binford concerned himself with painting the world as he experienced it directly. From his gouaches in Paris to his sketches of everyday life in Powhatan County, he primarily focused on figurative compositions inspired by his personal environment. However, as the art world saw an insurgence of abstraction in the 1950s and 1960s, Binford began working in a non-figurative style. Although limited in quantity, as he quickly returned to his familiar art form, Binford’s abstractions exhibit the artist’s experimentation with various techniques while maintaining his devotion to color.  

Julien Binford, Untitled (blue and red abstraction), pastel on paper, mounted on board, promised gift of Maureen Paige, L.2023.MP202.

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