Intuitive and fuelled with romantic visions , Lebourgeois’s images are collages in their making as well as in the way the ideas are built: incongruous elements play with each other and grow organically into a beautiful, and surreal universe. Fascinated by hats and other head-dresses, many of her figures are adorned by a piece of eccentric millinery, sometimes no less than a fragment of land or a genealogy tree. These headpieces act as poetic metaphors hinting at the subject’s emotions, dreams and aspirations.
Delphine Lebourgeois explains her process: “All the drawings are done by hand with pen or pencils on chinese paper and then later coloured and composed digitally. Most of my images are constructed over weeks even months, until a global architecture emerges. The images change continuously, inform each other…I add or remove layers, even swap them from one picture to the next until an harmony is reached. The simmering time is very important, and the creative process has a performative quality. I like to be surrounded by an “in waiting” body of work, alive with numerous possibilities of outcome”
Delphine has collaborated with many clients around the world including The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Times, Baume & Mercier, Penguin Books, Harper Collins and more
Her work has been exhibited in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.