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IntroductionWhat might appear to be an optical illusion at first glance turns out to be an intricate mosaic of shapes and colours upon closer inspection. Renaud Delorme works at the intersection of pop art, recycling art, and computer graphics – a stylistic synthesis that could not be more unconventional. Whether using tennis balls to artfully recreate the wavy hairstyles of film icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot or shaping Nastassja Kinski’s delicate face out of computer chips and keyboard fragments, Delorme’s Well Organized Muses stay true to their name. In an era of digital art, the French artist empowers everyday items and experiments with new forms of expression that strive to reach a balance between image and object.
With Renaud Delorme, form follows colour, and an image emerges from the sum of many parts. The foundation for his multi-layered pieces is the black halftone image of a celebrity printed onto a transparent pane of acrylic glass. Behind this – sorted by colour and meticulously aligned – are the cleverly arranged objects that constitute the work’s background. Delorme collects hundreds of seemingly discarded items: film rolls, bottle caps and shampoo containers are amongst the unusual components found in his works. His images are more than just puzzles to be explored, however. These multi-faceted works of art highlight the powerful relationship between subjects, colours, and objects in a celebration of the beauty of the ephemeral.
Born in Marseille in 1970, Renaud Delorme belongs to an emerging group of innovative artists working in France. The path of his artistic career might have been ordained at birth – he is a descendant of Adolphe Monticelli, one of the pioneers of French impressionism. After studying Plastic Arts at the renowned University Paris VIII, Delorme began exhibiting his work in individual and group shows in cities such as Paris, Antwerp and San Francisco. His exciting work has won several awards and can be found in numerous international collections.
1970 Born in Marseille, France Studied Art at the École des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, FranceAwards
2000 Prix de l’ADAGP, FranceExhibitions
2012 Renaud Delorme, Absolute Art Gallery, Bruges, Belgium 2012 Renaud Delorme, Leonhard Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium 2003 Renaud Delorme, Galerie Epry/ Cayla, Paris, France
2014 Summer Show, K+Y Gallery, Paris, France 2013 Group Exhibition, McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, USA 2012 Winter-Expo, Absolute Art Gallery, Bruges, Belgium