Born in 1957. Lives and works in Paris.
An outstanding and therefore unclassifiable artist, Hélène Delprat defines herself above all as a painter… Yet her work touches on many other fields while revealing questions of memory and identity: drawing, photography, collages, performance, video, sculpture, installation, directing. A Baroque-like but completely coherent jumble that takes inspiration from literature, cinema and history, readily quoting Pasolini, Louis XIV, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Mary Shelley, Virginia Woolf, Cocteau, Fellini, Franju and Claude Cahun… Hélène Delprat’s art is a place where the reign of extravagant, impenetrable dreams holds sway: a procession of surprises, staggering events, excesses and disquieting fictions.
After training at Beaux-Arts de Paris, followed by a two-year stay at the Villa Medicis, Hélène Delprat took centre-stage in the world of international art in the years 1990-2000. Suddenly, however, she left the Maeght gallery and decided not to show her work anymore, while nevertheless continuing her practice. After fifteen years of silence, she joined the Christophe Gaillard gallery and held a series of exhibitions at the Maison Rouge (2017), the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (2018), Galerie Carlier Gebauer Berlin (2018), etc.
Upcoming exhibitions: The don't show show Aargauer Kunstaus, Aarau, Switzerland, Fiac solo show Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Kunsthalle Giessen Germany (2020), Musée Picasso Barcelona, Musée Marmottan Paris.
Photo credit: © Adrien Thibault