Delphine Lebourgeois (born 1976) studied Fine Art in Lyon then went on to complete a Masters in Visual Communications at Central St Martins in 2005
Lebourgeois works in various medium including digital, collage, pencil, pen, ink, watercolour and screenprint but her working process always starts with an initial collage of found elements: “I am not very good at drawing therefore I need reference for everything. I create a rough on computer with cut out photos, drawings, paintings that I patch up together until they look like I need them too. It sounds a bit like Frankenstein’s monster but this is the most exciting part, when the idea comes to life.
Then the drawing begins with pen or pencil depending on subject matter and whether the piece will be a limited edition or an original.”
Her most recent work draws from various stylistic sources (ranging from Botticelli to comics) mixing symbols and cultural references in a playful and sometimes irreverent way
Her latest series “Smoke” moves away from the intricate and very detailed pictures of crowds and armies, with images portraying a single individual smoking alone in calm surroundings. “Smoking’ is an interesting topic nowadays... in a society becoming more and more sanitised, we are not far from it turning into the next rebellious thing. For me, it belongs to youth and living the moment”
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