There are many references that may come to your mind: Magritte, Brad Holland, Rockwell, Balthus, De Chirico. It is almost an alchemy, but the synthesis is admirable and gives its illustrations a “classic” original and always recognizable.
The spooky, enigmatic idea, “the Magritte”. It is the style of illustrations by Gérard DuBois, born in France in 1968. After studying graphic design in Paris he crossed the Atlantic to land in Montreal, Canada, where he still lives and works.
He has collected an impressive series of collaborations with the most important magazines: Time to Le Monde, from Playboy to Reader’s Digest, he also worked with the New York Times, and in particular with Alexandra Zsigmond. Gérard also illustrated many books and covers, taking in some cases the graphic style of the nineteenth century “Images d’Épinal”.
Thanks to these nostalgic and innocent atmospheres, Gérard can surprise us by creating, in a seemingly “retro” style, metaphors of conceptual illustration, or even shabby subjects treated with a sometimes theatrical touch, but never vulgar.