INTRODUCING: HÉLOISE DELÈGUE
Posted by Charlotte Broomfield on 11th July 2013
French Emerging artist, Héloïse Delègue, has been deemed a 'one-to watch painter' and was one of the hotly tipped artists showing at this year's Other Art Fair in London. Each of Héloïse's pieces convey an enigmatic narrative, that through her exquisite use of colour is almost tangible. Héloïse is beginning to attract the attention of media alongside influential art bloggers; she definitely stands out from the crowd.
For Paris-Sorbonne graduate Héloïse, both the real and imagined are key to her practise. Héloise creates a world of colours and uses narrative to fuse aspects of her identity with her personal experiences collected abroad. Her intricate works blur fact and fiction whilst maintaining a sense of humour to substantial effect.
What got your practice started? When did you decide to become an artist?
I've always been making, creating things and painting. I don't think I decided to become an artist, but that I just felt it so strongly that I couldn't do anything but just be who I am, an artist.
Where do you go for inspiration when starting a new project?
Everything inspires me.
Your paintings are very colourful and use a lot of different materials. How do you decide what to use when starting a new project?
Well it's really by doing, then I start my journey when creating a piece. The process of decision is unconscious.
What's the funniest thing that's happened to you when showing your work?
People's reactions when looking at my work are always interesting and make me smile. My work increases my self awareness as people see things I do not originally notice. It's quite funny. One lady at an exhibition - for about 25 minutes - was specifically staring at one painting until she screamed out loud, 'So... basically, this is your brain!' I thought it was hilarious.
Who or what have you sacrificed for your art?
Nothing because so far, it has just made me more happy.
If you could pick one museum to visit right now, what would it be?
What music do you have on in the studio at the moment?
What work of art would you most like to personally own?
Probably any piece from Klimt or Rothko would do :)
Which work of yours are you most proud of?
There are some pieces that I find preferable to others, but I can't really say I am proud of them. I like Alba my love because when I look at it, I just feel very calm.
How do you manage the balance between accessibility, and the philosophical enquiry into the conflict between mankind and his natural environment, that runs through your practice?
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