Born in Massy in 1977, Jérôme Delépine is a French painter and illustrator who lives and works in the Vexin, in northwestern France. For him, an artist is a child who hasn’t grown up.With a father who was a chef at the prestigious Hotel Meurice and a mother who sold collectibles, his taste for beauty […]
Born in Massy in 1977, Jérôme Delépine is a French painter and illustrator who lives and works in the Vexin, in northwestern France. For him, an artist is a child who hasn’t grown up.
With a father who was a chef at the prestigious Hotel Meurice and a mother who sold collectibles, his taste for beauty and good food developed early. Severely visually impaired from birth, his solitary childhood was punctuated by multiple operations.
He discovered the work and techniques of painters such as Daumier, Goya, and Corot through the books and engravings in a frame-maker friend’s workshop. Many great artists such as Edgar Degas and Claude Monet also had visual problems… Understanding what cannot be seen makes perfect sense in this context. Jerôme sees his artistic references as the «great madmen of art history, invincible Masters» and is passionate about Caravaggio, Turner and Rembrandt.
Hugely inspired by music, he lets his gestures be guided by notes when he paints. As 18th-century painter Chardin said, «We use colors, but we paint with our feelings,» which perfectly defines Delépine’s work, governed as it is by the poetry of the light he captures with such accuracy. At times, characters appear – specters arising from shrouded depths which only he can reproduce.
Since 2003, Jérôme Delépine has participated in over thirty solo and group exhibitions in galleries and foundations both in France and abroad. In 2016, he was awarded the Eddy Rugale Michailov prize from the Taylor Foundation in Paris, and the Banque Populaire Foundation award. His work appears in a number of private collections in France, England, the United States, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Canada, and Switzerland. Many art journals have devoted articles to his work, such as Miroir de l’art, Artension (with a special issue on landscapes), or AZART. Jérôme Delépine was also a guest on France Musique’s radio programs «À portée de mots» and «Les Traverses du Temps.»