Meet Jean Jullien, The Artist Behind Post Paris Attacks ‘Pray For Paris’ Pic
Netizens on social media have been reposting a poignant image portraying the Eiffel Tower on a peace sign after the horrific Paris attacks on Friday, as a sign of support for France and its people. Read on to know more about the artist behind this image.
Numerous celebrities, like Miranda Lambert, Amber Rose, Lauren Conrad, Fergie, Chris Rock, Bethenny Frankel, John Legend, One Direction’s Harry Styles, and the cast of NBC’s “Undateable” have shared the now viral photo. French graphic designer, Jean Jullien, created the infamous artwork. He is presently living in London. (via E! News)
Jullien’s artwork has spread across social media platforms, as well as the hashtags #PrayforParis, which Lambert and Fergie used, and #JeSuisParis, a take on “Je Suis Charlie,” a catchphrase that was used in January, in support of freedom of speech and in remembrance of the 12 victims killed at the offices of French satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.
Time Magazine reports about the artist’s take on the situation, “In all this horror there’s something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace.”
Jullien had just started his holiday, when news of the terrorist attacks broke. As others were unsure of how to deal with unleashing their feelings and dealing with the violent incident, professional illustrator Jullien took to his trusty brush. “I express myself visually, so my first reaction was to draw a symbol of peace for Paris”, he said.
Jullien is very thankful that his family and friends are safe. In a Skype interview with Time Magazine, the artist said that after creating the drawing, “From there it seems to have gotten a bit out of my hands.” His work turned out to be a unifying symbol for people in France and to every individual who wishes to send his or her support.
The Instagram post on Friday evening garnered at least 129,000 likes, over 48,000 retweets on Twitter, as well as countless other uncredited shares. Instagram’s own post of the image has a whopping 1.3 million likes.
“I can’t say I’m happy because it’s such a tragedy and such a horrible event,” he said.
Photo Source: Instagram/jean_jullien