Known for his vivdly imagined and richly detailed dreamscapes, Edouard Baribeaud – along with his partner Sophia Andreotti – creates work that draws on fairytale, mythology, fine art, and classic children's book illustrations to invoke a world of mystery and wonder. The pair created two exclusive designs for us, inspired by The Kinks, Grimms' Fairy Tales, and the architecture of Jaipur.
We spoke to Edouard – who lives and works in Berlin – about the project, and what he's up to next.
Photography by Emilie Delugeau
Drake's: Your works are real feats of the imagination. Tell us a bit about how they’re created.
Edouard Baribeaud: I get very inspired by scenes from daily life, such as observing someone waiting for the bus in a melancholic way, or a woman doing her yoga session in the morning sunlight, sitting under a tree in a park in Berlin. I collect these mundane scenes in my sketchbook and I often like to contrast them in my final work with the mythical, to lead archaic figures through modern landscapes – and in doing so, to blend real personal experiences with invented memories. I also work together with my partner Sophia Andreotti. We create, draw and paint as an artist-duo, signing together these specific artworks. It is a very exciting process which allows us to explore new themes and ideas.
The detail in your work is often astounding. How long do you typically spend on a single piece?
The time I spend on my works depends on the format and the technique I use. The way I create my drawings and paintings can be quite time consuming. Some smaller format drawings can take several days. If it is a bigger format piece, that can stretch to several weeks. I am currently working on a big canvas painting which I started three months ago... However, I believe I will finish it soon.