Delphine Brabant

France 1964


Delphine Brabant
Delphine Brabant
March 17, 2016
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Work of Delphine Brabant is set in motion by the eternal confrontation of opposing forces. Exploring the dance between shadow and light, balance and imbalance, and strength and fragility – while focusing on pure geometrical forms, this French sculptor creates artworks that manage to keep their harmonious composition, no matter how intense the dance was. During the process of direct shaping, she truly enjoys all the little surprises that many different materials hide within.

Delphine Brabant - Human Breach (Brèche Humaine), 2000-2005
Delphine Brabant – Human Breach (Brèche Humaine), 2000-2005

Tutored by the famous artist Jean-Marc Lange

Delphine was born in 1964, in Lille, near France’s border with Belgium. She was born into a family of artists and began expressing her creativity very early. In 1990, Brabant started her studies with the famous French artist Jean-Marc Lange, a winner of the Premier Grand Prix de Rome at the age of nineteen! The sculpture course she took involved practice with live models so Delphine quickly developed an affinity for working on the representation of a human face, giving her pieces more personal characteristics. One of her first experiments in that field was her shaping sculptures out of ascending forests of human beings.

Mesmerizing sculptures interlocking numerous geometric shapes

Delphine Brabant - Variations, 2014/2015
Delphine Brabant – Variations, 2014/2015

Diluting the Figurative Dimension

Delphine’s representations of human groups all have the same theme: the relation between the horizontal and vertical position. Her upright figures look as if they are trying to see or reach for something high above their heads. With time, this figurative dimension was gradually diluting, leaving just the trace of those relations, hardly visible but essential for the entire composition. This artist’s figures started to form a forest of beings just to become a group of slender forms.

Brabant was persistent in a wish to simplify her figures as much as she can, not losing the sight of her seminal goal: to unleash the true nature of the material used in the creation of the sculpture, enriching the work with its powerful spiritual and elemental characteristics. Whether she used bronze, steel, concrete, plaster, clay, stone or wood, this artist insists on confronting the benefits and the limitations of any material. Maybe it is because she holds tight to the philosophy that the better understanding of a material inevitably leads the artist towards more successful juncture of the idea of sculpture and a material from which was made.

This artist is represented by the Artistics Gallery.

Delphine Brabant lives and works in the La Garenne Colombes, a Parisian region, France.

Featured image: portrait of the artist
All images copyright of the artist and Artistics Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Salon Réalités NouvellesParc Floral de ParisGroup
2015Group showParis Artistes Hôtel de Ville ParisGroup
2015Affinités AbstraitesGalerie Wagner TouquetGroup
2015RétrospectiveHôtel de Ville La Celle saint CloudGroup
2015Group showFoire d'Art Contemporain Art Up LilleGroup
2015Group showLe Cadre Gallery Hong KongGroup
2015Delphine BrabantGalerie Caroline Tresca Paris 6èmeSolo
2015Delphine BrabantGalerie Exit art contemporain Boulogne BillancourtSolo
2014Affinités AbstraitesGalerie Wagner TouquetGroup
2014Group showParis Artistes Hôtel de Ville Paris 9ème Group
2014Group showGalerie Ephémère Artismove Paris 8èmeGroup
2014Group showSalon des Beaux Arts de GarchesGroup
2014Delphine BrabantGalerie Caroline Tresca Paris 6ème Solo
2014Delphine BrabantGalerie Tableau d’Honneur Saint CloudSolo
2013Group showGalerie Emeraude TouquetGroup
2012Group showHôtel de Ville La Celle saint CloudGroup
2012Group showOpus Rouge Paris 11èmeGroup
2012Group showGalerie Emeraude TouquetGroup
2012Delphine BrabantGalerie Emeraude TouquetSolo
2012Delphine BrabantOFI Paris 17èmeSolo
2011Group showGalerie Envie d’Art Paris 16èmeGroup
2010Foire d’Art Affordable Art Fair (A.A.F)Halle Freyssinet Paris 13èmeGroup
2010Delphine BrabantGalerie Envie d’Art Paris 8èmeSolo
2010Delphine BrabantGalerie Lazoukine DeauvilleSolo
2009Delphine BrabantGalerie Emeraude TouquetSolo
2008Delphine BrabantVilla Emile AugierCroissy sur SeineSolo
2007SalonArts de Saint CloudGroup
2007Jeunes talentsSalon du ChesnayGroup
2005Salon des Beaux ArtsGarches 1er prix sculptureGroup