Its always a delight to find a painter that has his own voice, his own style, his own life to communicate. Guilhem Delon is a French painter I met through Facebook in 2013. We exchanged our views and mutual respect for each other as artists. I find Guilhem’s paintings capture the most fleeting of moments. He quietly translates and shares with us the everyday simplicities, places and events, found throughout his colorful world in France and Italy. Guilhem graciously agreed to write for us, in English, the following artist statement!
I studied art when I was a teenager (now I’m 44 year’s old) at school in Toulouse (SW of France) but I have not been to the Fine Arts schools like “Beaux-Arts”. Now I live in Gascony between Bordeaux and Toulouse. I’m taking art courses in an amazing studio in the city where I live (Auch) with a great professor and an excellent young English painter, and now, I think, a friend who lives also in my country : Ben Brotherton.
I love to paint everyday life, exchange sites (railway stations, airports) while following the lessons of the masters I admire. The atmosphere of France and Italy, this unique light (sky, atmosphere of cities, heat, Latin world, etc.) inspires me as much as the 3 masters of Art that I worship : Claude Monet, John Singer-Sargeant and Edward Hopper.
So, my work is the representation of our life with cinematographics or photographics compositions and inspiration from typically French, Belgian and Italian comics (colors, rhythms, etc).
I work on medium and large format acrylic paintings. Vivid scenes inspire me and capture my interests. I work movements and everyday topics, their shadows, their light, their colors and rhythms. The scenes are framed in the manner of the cartoon, photograph or film. I paint what seems common place, that which seems so trivial, that which disappears so suddenly.
22 Paintings by Guilhem Delon