French, born in 1957
Hélène Delprat's glittery paintings featuring magical, funny yet terrifying creatures on the verge of metamorphosis waver between life and theatre in a kind of comic illusion. She explores identity, secrets, the creative process and the status of the artist in general.
A curator and set designer, Delprat makes theatre the heart of her work. “Aside from the studio where I work, the places I feel best are on a stage, in a dressing room or on a movie set,” she says. Her work has references to film, literature, art history and popular culture. Delprat's 2017 exhibition at the Maison Rouge, I Did It My Way, named after Frank Sinatra's song, showed the richness of her work, which is above all an ode to freedom.
Her work is being shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection during the “Untitled, 2020” exhibition at the Punta della Dogana, Venice (2020).