Delphine de Luppé

Work on paper

Biography and career

Delphine de Luppé


Delphine de Luppé's pictorial vocabulary attempts to reduce the object to a symbol, in a clash of opposites. Her figures fluctuate between scribbled surfaces and defined structures. This concept blends, shares and shapes the plans of herpaintings. Straight lines and geometric shapes, colourful flat tints, architectural cross-sections, optical illusions and material combinations, urban and rural maps take shape over, under and within one another, to the beat of oil sticks.


Her recent work delves further into the concept of topographic zoom. Through a restricted perspective, the artist attempts to contain the entire scene within the surface area of the canvas. She sees her work as walls that block the view.


Delphine de Luppé also uses images taken from old books, travel guides, technical documents, private works... She takes the original images and covers them with a coloured network, which brings out the prominent part. Black dots or red lines skim over the print, just as scaffolding reveals the shape of the building it protects. Reproduced on large construction tarpaulins, the images become a canvas where wool embroiders a new story, by adding a symbol, by duplicating a line.