Shortly after leaving art school in London, England, Julyan read about the Bonapartist exiles. These were French men and women, among them Napoleon's foremost generals and many aristocrats, forced to leave France after Napoleon's final defeat. They landed in southwest Alabama-where the Black Warrior and Tombigbee rivers meet-and founded the town of Demopolis. Their efforts to cultivate a 'vine and olive' colony there soon failed and these exiles either were able to return to France or moved to settle in the comparative civilization of Mobile or New Orleans. The story captured Julyan's imagination, so much so that he came to America in search of what was left of the exile community. Unfortunately he found there was not much left, but the almost folktale-like history stayed with him and now we are excited to see his vision of what it must have been like in the world of 'The Exiles.'.
'for life is a dream, but somewhat less changeable.'
--Blaise Pascal, Pensees
For more about The Exiles please read Julyan's full blog post @ http://murderballadpaintings.com/2015/11/01/the-exile/