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Jean-Philippe Delhomme - Paintings

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Première monographie consacrée à Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Paintings présente une sélection de 183 peintures, parmi celles réalisées au cours d’une période allant de 2012 à 2022, organisée selon les lieux et les différents ateliers où l’artiste a travaillé, selon différents séjours et allers et retours entre la France et les États-Unis :  New York où il a maintenu un studio pendant une dizaine d’années, Paris, Los Angeles, Asnières, puis encore Paris.

À la fin des années 80, période où la peinture en général et la figuration en particulier paraissait inadéquate au monde de l’art, Jean-Philippe Delhomme a préféré la voie de l’imprimé : la presse, les magazines ou l’affiche lui paraissait alors un medium plus vivant, une manière active de participer à la société, comme pour un musicien de diffuser ses chansons à la radio : « C’était aussi le meilleur medium pour faire voyager son art, ou pour reprendre cette formule d’un taggeur du métro New Yorkais des années 80 : I wanted my name to travel everywhere ».

À New York, dans les années 90, il réalise une série de gouaches pour les campagnes publicitaires du magasin Barneys, dont Glenn O’Brien, poète, écrivain et critique, proche de Warhol et Basquiat, écrit les textes. Lui-même, en tant qu’auteur, publie en France une série d’albums et de romans, tient successivement plusieurs chroniques pour des magazines Français et Internationaux, sous l’angle de l’observation sociale.

Il ne cesse toutefois de peindre, des paysages ou ses proches. En 2009 au cours d’une année à New York, il s’investit davantage dans la peinture, pour s’y consacrer progressivement entièrement, dans son studio de Bushwick, dont les abords et le panorama s’étendant jusqu’à la skyline de Manhattan offre une réserve inépuisable de sujets selon les heures du jour et de la nuit. Il fait également poser des modèles et amis dont il peint les portraits. Au moment où la peinture, en général, revient dans le monde de l’art, et plus particulièrement sous la forme d’une Figuration narrative, lui au contraire s’éloigne de toute narration pour peindre la simple présence des êtres ou des choses, débarrassée de toute stylisation.

C’est à New York, en 2015, qu’il expose pour la première fois ses « Bushwick Landscapes » chez Lucien Terras, puis à partir de 2020 à la galerie Perrotin, les expositions « Los Angeles Langage » à Paris, « New York in the distance », à New York et « Flowers for books » à Seoul.

21 x 27 cm
304 pages
175 images (peintures)
Couverture rigide embossée
Textes écrits par Donatien Grau, Anaël Pigeat et Lucien Terras
ISBN 978-2-492175-23-7

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The first monograph on the artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Paintings features 175 works, selected from among those created by him between 2012 and 2022, grouped according to the places and various studios where he worked during this period, dividing his time between the United States and France: New York, where he maintained a studio for about ten years, Paris, Los Angeles, the Paris suburb of Asnières, and then Paris again.

At the end of 1980s, when painting in general, and figurative work specifically, seemed inadequate to the art world, Delhomme focused on print publications: newspapers, magazines and posters appealed to him as a more lively medium, an active way to take part in society, like a songwriter getting his songs on the radio. “It was also the best medium to have your work reach a wide audience,” says the artist, “or, to borrow a line I once read in the interview of a New York graffiti artist from the 80’s who painted trains: ‘I wanted my name to travel everywhere.’ ”

In the 1990s in New York, he produced a series of gouaches to be used in advertising campaigns for the upscale department store Barneys, with texts by the poet, writer and critic Glenn O’Brien, who moved in the same circles as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Delhomme is himself the author of several books and novels published in France and has been a regular contributor to French and international magazines, writing and illustrating his own columns combining wit and social commentary.

Alongside these pursuits, he has never stopped painting, usually taking landscapes or his friends and family as subjects. In 2009, one of the years he spent in New York, he began concentrating more on painting, eventually devoting himself entirely to the medium in his Bushwick studio, whose surroundings and sweeping views encompassing the Manhattan skyline were an inexhaustible source for subjects day and night. He also had models and friends pose for painted portraits.

In an era when painting is coming into its own again in the art world, especially by way of narrative figuration, Delhomme steers clear of narrative to instead paint the mere presence of beings or objects, devoid of any stylization.

It was in New York in 2015 that he showed his series of Bushwick landscapes for the first time, at Lucien Terras, followed beginning in 2020 by exhibitions at three Perrotin galleries: Los Angeles Langage in Paris, New York in the Distance in New York, and Flowers for Books in Seoul.

21 x 27 cm
304 pages
175 images (paintings)
Embossed hardcover with tip-in
Texts by Donatien Grau, Anaël Pigeat and Lucien Terras
Co-published with Perrotin
ISBN 978-2-492175-23-7

© PERROTIN
© RVB Books

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