Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien: Public (2022)

Phaidon and Artspace are proud to present a new and exclusive limited edition by beloved French graphic artist Jean Jullien.

Jean Jullien

Print type: Digital archival print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth 305
Size: 28.7 x 20.3 cm (11.30 x 8.00 in)
Edition of 75 plus 6 APs
Hand signed and numbered by the Artist on the front


Public (2022), is available now in an edition of 75 hand signed and numbered prints produced in close collaboration with the artist. Each edition is accompanied by a hardback copy of Jullien’s new Phaidon monograph, presented together in a vibrant, bespoke portfolio case.

Spotlighting one of his favorite subjects—people—and referencing a unique work of the same name, Public highlights the artist’s playful approach to scenes from everyday life. Jullien makes use of his trademark wit with a scene that celebrates what many have been missing: standing amidst a colorful crowd. As if with a wink, Jullien places himself at the scene, represented by the single figure who gazes back at the viewer.

"My art is about communicating the positive in things, making people smile, making them think, too, sometimes, I hope." — Jean Jullien

Jullien’s quotidien observations are both personal and humorous, elevated by his talent for teasing whimsy from the mundane. His growing fine art practice emerges confidently from a background in graphic design and illustration that earned Jullien a cult-like following when his career began: thick black outlines, quirky facial expressions, and vibrant color are mainstays throughout his work. Jullien’s sweeping exhibition “Paper People” at the Parco Museum in Tokyo last fall cemented his reputation as a formidable fine artist who has mastered diverse media.

Jean Jullien

Divided into three sections that represent the way in which Jullien views his career: the personal, the collaborative and the public.

In Personal, explore the inspirations that feed his craft –notably the beachside, surf and family life – via an insightful interview between Jullien and his parents. The following section, Collaborations, features two interviews with Jullien’s closest collaborators: Mathieu Van Damme, the founder and creative director of Case Studyo, and Jae Huh of Nounou. This chapter includes images from his extensive portfolio of creations born through brand partnerships, with objects ranging from stylish clothing to drinking glasses. The final chapter explores Jullien’s approach to art designed for public consumption, such as magazine covers, illustrations for National Geographic and the New Yorker and installations in public parks.

Jean Jullien

Simple yet distinctive, Jullien’s memorable characters and depictions of daily life resonate with audiences worldwide. He has exhibited his paintings in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and beyond; and collaborated with hundreds of brands and publications, including colette, Petit Bateau, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Champion USA, Hermes, Le Bon Marché, Mr. Porter, National Geographic, RCA Records and Vogue.

Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien

The debut monograph on the globally-lauded artist, filled with his joyful, witty paintings, illustrations, collaborations, and more – includes never-before-seen artwork and personal sketchbooks, giving insight into his artistic practice.

Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien in the art world: Our new monograph focuses on the way in which this brilliant French artist has balanced a commercial and fine art career
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Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien at the beach: Our new monograph reproduces some of the lush, joyous sea and landscapes this brilliant French artist has created within the past few years
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Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien in the news: Our new monograph collects together some of the positive, engaging and funny editorial commissions created by this brilliant French artist
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Price AUD$89.95 Price CAD$95.00 Price £45.00 Price USD$69.95 Price T69.95

The debut monograph on the globally-lauded artist, filled with his joyful, witty paintings, illustrations, collaborations, and more – includes never-before-seen artwork and personal sketchbooks, giving insight into his artistic practice

Jean Jullien’s work is instantly recognizable and wide in its scope. Known for his astutely observed and witty depictions of everyday life, his illustrations place expressive characters in relatable environments and act as a visual commentary on life. Organized in three sections – Personal, Collaboration, and Public – this fulsome book explores Jullien’s approach to art and covers his expansive career, from his earliest creative partnerships to his progression into painting, while also offering a first-hand look at his process with sketches and never-before-seen works. Unique and comprehensive in its scope, this is a must-have book for every fan of Jullien's work.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 × 225 mm (11 3/8 × 8 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 256 pp
  • Illustrations: 340 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838663193

Jean Jullien is a prolific and beloved French graphic design artist. His creative output ranges from illustration, photography, and video to costumes, installations, books, posters, clothing — even skateboards. Jullien has shown work around the world with museums and galleries in Paris, London, Brussels, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and more. His work appears in The New York Times, New Yorker, National GeographicSZ MagazineTelerama and more, and he has collaborated with Beams, RCA Records, The Connaught, Colette, Amnesty International, Le Coq Sportif, Jardin des Plantes (Nantes), Hotel Amour, Champion USA, Salomon, and Petit Bateau, among other global brands.

'Showing off the rich, and witty work of one of the greatest living illustrators … this book gives a thorough look into the processes and oeuvre of Jullien.' - Vanity Fair

'Gathers dozens of jolly, anxious, and relatable characters.' - Colossal

'Raise a smile or two with this brilliant, whimsical book by French illustrator, Jean Jullien...The perfect book to dip in every time [you] need a giggle.' - Grazia

'Fantastic fun.' - Sixtysix Magazine

'Palpable joy runs throughout … Showcasing Jullien's uncanny ability to wring whimsy from the mundane, this vibrant assemblage brings fans a satisfying taste of a brilliant artist who's only just beginning.' - Publishers Weekly

'The uncomplicated, whimsical style of Jean Jullien has become as essential as it is ubiquitous in a world in dire need of joy, escape, and fancy.' - Forbes

'[For] anyone with a quirky outlook or in need of a laugh. This comprehensive monograph is joyful and witty.' - DailyArt Magazine

'Chances are you’ve seen Jean Jullien's work before, whether you knew it was his at the time or not. The prolific artist creates fun, joyful paintings and illustrations that are simply observations from his everyday life. Go behind the scenes with previously unseen work, view sketchbooks, and have the chance to walk through Jullien's creative practice that spans personal, collaborative, and public works.' - Kelly Beall, Design Milk