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The media are not toys… they can be entrusted only to new artists, because they are art forms.
(McLuhan, 1954)


My name is Julien Posture, I’m an illustrator based in Montreal, Canada. I like to make simple and thoughtful images, that quietly queer up representations.

I’m also a researcher, studying, writing and speaking about visual culture, mostly within the creative industry, and usually with a critical perspective. My current pet peeve is understanding the history and sociology of the concept of “style” and how it exists at the intersection of - often opposite - economic and romantic ideologies.

If you are part of a grassroot movement working to support, defend and improve lives of LGBTQIA+ and or BIPOC people, I offer some pro-bono work each year for groups like yours.  

Je parle aussi - surtout - Français.

julienposture[at]gmail.com




Selected clients

The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Medium, NBC News, Plan Sponsor, Beside, Imagination Agency, The Guardian,  FT Weekend, L’Obs,  McConnell foundation, Friends At Work, Johns Hopkins Magazine, Siggi, Université de Montréal, and more.




Education
- M.Sc anthropology, 2018, University of Montreal- BFA visual arts (printmaking), 2013, European School of Visual Arts




Features
Booooooom - 2019
The Design Kids - 2019
La Presse (Fr) - 2020
Communication Arts - 2020




Talks
2021
- Concordia University, Sociology/Anthropology department
- Université de Montréal, Sociology department, Canada
2020
- University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg, Germany
Writings

- Who gets to define illustration ? 2020
- (Why) Do illustrators need to talk about ethics ? 2020
- “Style”, copyright and money : 3 faces of the same coin, 2020
- “How to find my style” : A (short) critical history of an illustration myth, 2019
- Religion and nationalism : Visual blaspheme in Myanmar, L’Asie en 1000 mots (in French), 2017
- When is a Buddha image ? The semiotic processes in the consecration of a Buddha statue in Myanmar, Master’s Thesis, 2017
- Film, Photography, and the Contemporary Museum: An Interview with Denis Chevallier and Florent Molle, Cultural Anthropology, 2017

Features

Booooooom - 2019
The Design Kids - 2019
La Presse (Fr) - 2020
Communication Arts - 2020




Talks

2021
- Concordia University, Sociology/Anthropology department
- Université de Montréal, Sociology department, Canada

2020
- University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg, Germany




Writings

- Who gets to define illustration ? 2020
- (Why) Do illustrators need to talk about ethics ? 2020
- “Style”, copyright and money : 3 faces of the same coin, 2020
- “How to find my style” : A (short) critical history of an illustration myth, 2019
- Religion and nationalism : Visual blaspheme in Myanmar, L’Asie en 1000 mots (in French), 2017
- When is a Buddha image ? The semiotic processes in the consecration of a Buddha statue in Myanmar, Master’s Thesis, 2017
- Film, Photography, and the Contemporary Museum: An Interview with Denis Chevallier and Florent Molle, Cultural Anthropology, 2017