Nicolas Delprat (1972, Rennes). Lives and works in Brussels
Nicolas Delprat graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Lyon in 1997, then did a postgraduate degree at Beaux-Arts de Nantes in 1998. He was in residency at Casa Velazquez in Madrid from 2017 to 2018. His first solo show was in 1998 at Magasin (CNAC) in Grenoble, and since then, his work has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions and is even part of the Centre national des arts plastiques in 2008.
Nicolas Delprat’s work is built in relation to cinema and art history in a minimalist approach. His paintings and installations’ main theme is light. He aligns himself with a tradition that goes back to the very invention of painting by Callirhoe of Sycione (Pliny the Elder tells us in his Natural History that, in love with a young man who was leaving for a foreign country, she surrounded with lines the shadow of his face projected on a wall by the light of a lantern) to the paintings of Caravaggio or Georges de La Tour. In the 20th century, the representatives of op art, minimal and conceptual art, in turn, entered into a dialogue with light and Nicolas Delprat s paintings of memories of light resonates with the works of Dan Flavin and James Turrel in particular.
Minimal Light (light fixture), 2022, acrylic paint, neons.
Wall-Painting H 59,1 x W 39,4 in; neons H 39 ø 0.4 in x 3.
Numbered, signed and limited edition: 8 pieces + 4 A.P.
Photo : © Rachel Labastie – Texts by Pascale Le Thorel