Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Los Angeles Langage
solo show
May 23
- August 14, 2020
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For the first time, Perrotin Paris presents a series of paintings by Jean-Philippe Delhomme. Known for his illustrations, Delhomme offers us Los Angeles Langage, an exhibition inspired by a prolonged stay in the American city and comprising about fifty small format oil paintings based on photographic snapshots.

Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Camper, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel

For years, Delhomme has been pursuing his practice as a painter, keeping it private until 2015 with an initial exhibition in New York. He paints scenes devoid of all human presence, based on direct observation of the urban landscape of major cities like New York, Paris and Los Angeles.

Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Paint and Body, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel

This image here : West Coast Paint and Body, depicts a car repair garage. Paint and Body is also about painting, before conceptual art. To me, it really was the very indicator of what I wanted to do and what I believe to be painting.

— Jean-Philippe Delhomme —

His perspective on these cities bears witness to the coalescence of past, present and future that the architectural fabric manifests through these environments in constant transformation: the industrial building threatened by demolition to make way for a new apartment block captures his attention, and his “vistas” are charged with literary and artistic references. Delhomme’s landscape participates in an authorly perception which serves as the common thread between the different forms of expression that he masters: drawing, writing and painting.

Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Jesus Auto Repair, 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel

The exhibition is based on suites of paintings in small format that initiate potential narratives by capturing the wonder of fleeting moments perceived in passing. Indeed, Los Angeles is a city that we discover from the point of view of a car: we walk very little there, instead taking the freeways to go from Santa Monica to Silver Lake or from Bel Air to Downtown.

For a long time, I have been pursuing this painting work, it is a bit at the opposite of what I’ve done for press or books. When I paint, I try to watch, to show the moment.

— Jean-Philippe Delhomme —

For a foreigner, the city, with which we are familiar from film imagery, has an air of déjà-vu about it. For Delhomme, the references are oriented less towards the world of cinema than towards the work of artists who have expressed the signs of California: Ed Ruscha, who catalogued his Twentysix Gasoline Stations and Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles in the 1960s; David Hockney and the luminous hedonism of his Hollywood villas; and Chris Burden’s maximal constructions in Metropolis, or his radical performances of the 1970s. Photographers such as William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Julius Shulman, Robert Frank and Dennis Hopper guide Delhomme’s gaze when he traverses the city at the wheel of his rental car – at once on the periphery and at the center, and always in movement.

His pictorial approach also borrows as much from the imaginary world developed by certain avant-garde artists of the sixties and seventies – notably in the choice of scenic framing and the banality of the urban landscape – as from American representational painters such as Milton Avery or Fairfield Porter, in his commitment to an expressive figuration of the real.

Jean-Philippe DELHOMME

Born in 1959 in Nanterre, France
Lives and works between Paris, France and New York, New York, USA

Jean-Philippe Delhomme (born 1959) is a French artist, illustrator and writer. He publishes work in numerous journals and magazines such as Vanity Fair and Apartamento, and has previously collaborated with GQ, August Journal, Pin-Up Magazine, L’Obs, Architectural Digest, The LA Times, The New Yorker, W magazine and Vogue (France, UK, Japan).

His recent publications include Classe Ego, Artist’s Instagram, Paris Journal, New York Travel Book (Louis Vuitton), The Unknown Hipster Diaries, Drame de la Déco, La Chose Littéraire, Art Contemporain and Design Addicts, among others. He has recently released several novels including Journal Lacustre, Comique de proximité, La Dilution de l’artisteand Mémoire d’un pitbull.

This exhibition is curated by Lucien Terras.

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ROOM 1
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Parking lot, 2019
114.3 × 152.4 cm | 45 × 60 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Blue Corvette, 2019
114.3 × 152.4 cm | 45 × 60 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Liquor store, 2019
114.3 × 152.4 cm | 45 × 60 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Park (Purple car), 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Building with desert plant, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
ROOM 2
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Intersection, 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Orange truck, 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
White Car, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Red Line, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #3, 2029
45.8 × 61 cm | 18 1/16 × 24 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #6, 2019
22.9 × 61 cm | 9 1/16 × 24 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #5, 2019
45.8 × 30.5 cm | 18 1/16 × 12 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #7, 2019
45.8 × 30.5 cm | 18 1/16 × 12 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #2, 2019
45.8 × 30.5 cm | 18 1/16 × 12 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #4, 2019
68.7 × 30.5 cm | 27 1/16 × 12 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Element cars #1, 2019
68.7 × 30.5 cm | 27 1/16 × 12 1/16 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Paint and Body, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Downtown, 2018
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
ROOM 3
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Desert garden, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Paint and Body, 2019
114.3 × 152.4 cm | 45 × 60 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
McDonald's sign, 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Camper, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Concrete river, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Street, 2019
40.6 × 50.8 × 2.2 cm | 16 × 20 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Black car in front of garage , 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Electric, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Motel, 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Mobil, 2019
40.6 × 50.8 × 2.2 cm | 16 × 20 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Mobil, 2019
40.6 × 50.8 × 2.2 cm | 16 × 20 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
99 cents, 2018
35.6 × 45.7 × 2.2 cm | 14 × 18 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
LA sky, 2019
40.6 × 50.8 × 2.2 cm | 16 × 20 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Orange Building, 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
LA House, 2018
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Green Wall, 2018
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Firestone, 2018
35.6 × 45.7 × 2.2 cm | 14 × 18 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Canyon Car, 2018
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on canvas
ROOM 4
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Gas Station, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on pannel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Jesus Auto Repair, 2019
114.3 × 152.4 cm | 45 × 60 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Golden truck, 2019
114.3 × 152.4 cm | 45 × 60 inch
Oil on canvas
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Jesus Auto Repair, 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Closed shops (S Broadway), 2019
30.5 × 40.6 × 2.2 cm | 12 × 16 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night (colour), 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night (colour), 2019
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #9, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #8, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #7, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #6, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #5, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #4, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #3, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #2, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Highway night #1, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
LA Sunset, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Sunset Blvd, 2019
diptych : 22.9 cm × 61 cm × 5 mm | 9 1/16 × 24 1/16 × 0 3/16 inch (each)
Oil on panel
CORRIDOR
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Auto Center, 2019
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.2 cm | 9 × 12 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
Auto Glass, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel
Jean-Philippe DELHOMME
World Auto, 2018
27.9 × 35.6 × 2.2 cm | 11 × 14 × 0 7/8 inch
Oil on panel