FRENCH COWBOY is born of the shared love of Julien Crouigneau and Mia Macfarlane of photography.
One day when I was barely two my mom let me push her out of her bedroom. She was curious so she ran outside the house so she could watch me through the window. I climbed up on a chair by her vanity and started putting on her makeup. I loved playing dress up as a kid. Putting on my mom's sequin tube tops and high healed shoes and then putting on a dance show in the lobby or the restaurant of the hotel/residence we lived in was the best childhood ever. Dress-up, dancing, barbies and drawing were my favorite things to do. I have not changed one bit today.
I had one of the best jobs ever as the creative director of NY lifestyle magazine DOWNTOWN. I got to art direct fashion and mixology still life shoots and then I got to layout everything in a beautiful magazine. It was awesome.
Now I am in Paris for the second time in my life and I am having a ball playing with my partner in crime Julien. We don't stop creating. We have our own magazine now, IRK magazine, and we collaborate with some amazing artists and photographers. We also design t-shirts and clothes and come up with crazy photo shoots of our own.
Recently we went to see an exhibit at the Quai Branly. I of course took it as an opportunity to get dressed up and we had so much fun shooting pictures with the African and Asian masks and climbing into the long grass in the museum gardens. Every day is an opportunity to create and we live to shoot!
Me too, when I was small I tried on my mothers fur coats but I quickly decided that it was too bizarre and so I stopped.
A little lost in my early studies I was very lucky to get into an excellent design school in Paris. Once I graduated, I quickly started working for Ph. Starck who was my golden ticket for all the opportunities I had after.
I was the graphic art director for Thomson RCA worldwide and art director for several magazines: One about design, INTRAMUROS, another about art and rock, KEITH MAGAZINE, and now at the wonderful and best ever, IRK magazine. I am also a product designer for cosmetics including the crazy Christian Louboutin, but also L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline New York...
French Cowboy is born from meeting Mia and our desire to create our own images enriched from our multiple experiences and cultures.
“BEAUTALISM” GROUP SHOW, VICTORIA HOUSE FEB 2020
“POP CORNER” GROUP SHOW, GALLERIE ANNE ET JUST JAECKIN, PARIS JAN 23 - FEB 16
"BRAND NEW", WINDOW FRANCE, JAN 31- 2019 JAN 31 2020
GROUP SHOW, BLACKS, LONDON, SEPT 11-20 2019
GROUP SHOW, BLACKS, LONDON, SEPT 11-20 2019
GROUP SHOW, RUNWAY GALLERY, LEADS, MARCH 1-30 2019
GROUP SHOW, ARTUP LILE, LILE, February 20-MARCH 03 2019
"ALONE" FOTO FEVER and SALON DE LA PHOTO PARIS NOV 2018
“CAFE DE FLORE” GALLERIE ANNE ET JUST JAECKIN, PARIS OCT 2016-JAN 2017
“SOCK-IT” L’ATELIER 55, MEGÈVE, DEC 2016-FEB 2017
MULTIPLE WORKS, NORDIC LIGHT FESTIVAL, NORWAY MAY-SEPT 2017
“SOCK-IT” L’ATELIER 55, SAINT TROPEZ, MARCH-SEPT 2017
“YOUNG COWBOY”, “NATIVE” “SOCK-IT”, FOTOFEVER, PARIS NOV 2016
ACCOMPLISHMENTS MIA & JULIEN
WINNER NORMAL FASHION NUDE COMPETITION
CREATIVE DIRECTORS & EDITORS IN CHIEF IRK MAGAZINE
NORDIC LIGHT GUESS ARTISTS
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
OPERA MAGAZINE // ALMOST HUMAN
NORMAL MAGAZINE // ALONE
ANARCHIST // ANIMAL ANATOMY
“BIZARRE IS GOOD, NO?” // ANTONYM MAGAZINE
INTERVIEW // BEAUTIFUL HOMES
INTERVIEW // LIVING TC MAGAZINE
IRK MAGAZINE ISSUES 1-8
“NORDIC DAUGHTERS” // LEMONTREND
“SOCKIT” // PICTO
“NORDIC DAUGHTERS” // FASHIONHARP
“CAFE DE FLORE” EXHIBITION PRESS // VOGUE PARIS, FIGARO, MADAME FIGARO, HUFFINGTON POST, PICTO...
A Mia Macfarlane & Julien Crouigneau Creation
French Cowboy Was born of the shared love of Mia Macfarlane and Julien Crouigneau of photography in 2012. The artist couple have a strong desire to create photographs enriched by storytelling, iconic visuals, and strong artistic direction.
French Cowboy is represented by the Runway Gallery in the UK, Acid Gallery in Lille France and Galerie Just Jaekin with 2 ART Angels in Paris, France. They have exhibited their work in London, New York, Paris, Megeve, Saint Tropez, Leads, York and Norway. This year they have several shows planned in France, the UK. They have a solo exhibition in Arles June 29-July 12. They were guest artists and speakers at the Nordic Light Photography Festival and they were expert portfolio reviewers at Arles Voie Off. They were published in the photography book “The Fashion Image”. A reference book that includes Mario Sorrenti, Inez and Vinoodh, Bruce Weber and Richard Avedon. They produce at least one shoot per issue for IRK Magazine but they also shoot “stories” regularly for other magazines. They have had exhibition reviews in numerous magazines including Vogue, Madame Figaro, Huffington Post and more. They recently won the Normal Fashion Nude competition.
1999 MASTERS OF ARTS INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA,
LONDON COLLEGE OF PRINTING
PARIS, FRANCE & LONDON, ENGLAND
1997 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA)
MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (USA)
1996 SEMESTER ABROAD
STUDIO ART CENTER (SACI)
1993 - BAC +4 PRODUCT & GRAPHIC DESIGN,
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN SUPERIOR SCHOOL PARIS, FRANCE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS JULIEN CROUIGNEAUDESIGNER BEAUTY PRODUCTS (LOUBOUTIN NAIL POLISH) ATELIER PASCALIE 2015ART DIRECTOR KEITH MAGAZINE 2007-2012ART DIRECTOR INTRAMUROS MAGAZINE 2001-2011CREATIVE DIRECTOR THOMSON MULTIMEDIA 1993-2008DESIGNER PHILIPPE STARCK 1994-1999GRAPHIC IDENTITY MUSEUM OF MODERN ART MERCIAN, JAPAN
EXHIBITIONS MIA MACFARLANE
WONK, BROOKLYN, NY 2007 & 2008
SOHO GALLERY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 2005 & 2006
IMAGINE FESTIVAL, “JAM PAINTING”, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 2004
BAKERY ART EXHIBITION, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 2004
3XSART GALLERY, PARIS, FRANCE 2004
GALLERY AUX ARTS, PARIS, FRANCE 2003
ESPACE PIERRE CARDIN, PARIS 2002 & 2003
ATELIER FRANCO RUSSE, “JAM PAINTING”, NICE, FRANCE 2003
NESLE GALLERY, “JAM PAINTING”, PARIS, FRANCE 2002
MASSEN GALLERY, NETHERLANDS 1999
BERNANOS GALLERY, PARIS, FRANCE 1998
CORPUS CHRISTY GALLERY, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND 1997