By Chris Jalufka | 03.21.2014
In February of 2014 Belgian illustrator Laurent Durieux had his first solo show at Austin’s Mondo Gallery. This was an important moment for many reasons. It was Durieux’s first showing in the States, a chance to introduce his work to a new and wide audience. And for those who were already collectors of Durieux’s prints, it was an opportunity to see a wealth of new work in one stunning wave.
To those from out of town, a visit to Mondo is a pilgrimage of sorts — waiting in line for hours on end for an exhibit opening is an act of respect.
Durieux’s show was a brilliant display of his skill and now he’s kept up that momentum with his new print for Nautilus Art Prints — ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth.’
Nautilus Art Prints is made up of Laurent’s two brothers Jack Durieux and Thomas Durieux, and founder of the digital agency Shake, Phillipe Romain. ‘Journey’ is set to be their first release, an open edition that will be available for 72 hours. Dates not yet mentioned.
There will be more prints to come from Nautilus, who promises to host a cadre of artists and to be a publisher that, ’embodies the European ideal by creating art that mirrors our common imagination.’
Nautilus is launching with a wonderful goal in mind, to ‘re-interpret great moments of European popular culture.’ The work of legends like Jules Verne is very much of that ilk, and through the masterful lens of Laurent Durieux and like artists, Nautilus is set out on an exciting journey of it’s own.