Julien Heintz‘s paintings attract and fascinate. Emerging from vague, crepuscular, almost threatening backgrounds, faces stand out from his canvases with a dark palette. Often mixing his own pigments by himself, Julien Heintz works on the materiality of the work to put it at the service of an art that seems to come from the confines of memory. The notion of spectrum seems essential to understand the work of the young painter, who has just graduated from the Beaux-Arts and recently joined the gallery pal project. The spectrum, at once an evanescent apparition, an indexical form and a link between different temporalities, invites the viewer to decode in Heintz’s paintings what forms a face, whose features are both singular and universal.