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Delphine Lebourgeois: Beast

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Delphine Lebourgeois: Beast

Opens: 9 Apr 2022

An exploration of our deepest emotions through new drawings and limited editions

Beast is an exploration of the darker emotions present in all of us, with a particular focus on women. The fictional characters I choose to portray own their freakiness and their difference with no shame. They are calm, unapologetic and in control, reminding us that it’s all right sometimes, to not abide to social norms.

Delphine Lebourgeois

Browse the full collection and learn more about the inspiration behind Lebourgeois' new body of work.

Browse the full collection and learn more about the inspiration behind Lebourgeois' new body of work.

Detail of Curlers, 2022.
Detail of Curlers, 2022.

Detail of Curlers, 2022.

Detail of Horn, 2022.

Detail of Horn, 2022.

Detail of Feast, 2022.

Detail of Feast, 2022.

Details of Hug, 2022.
Details of Hug, 2022.

Details of Hug, 2022.

Detail of Idol (Black), 2022.

Detail of Idol (Black), 2022.

Detail of Love Bug (Black), 2022.

Detail of Love Bug (Black), 2022.

A different kind of beast

A different kind of beast

In 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of the characters, Rebeca, eats dirt whenever she is feeling distressed, a concept I find fascinating. Like any food or drink craving, her taste for soil is a surrogate for emotional contentment. Yet in my eyes, this behaviour also unites her with the earth and the animalistic traits that are common to us all.
From vampire stories to popular folklore, mythology to Marvel comics, the list of characters half-man, half-animal is endless and serves as a reminder of our most primal instincts. The animal gives its strength, turning the man into a super being, while simultaneously casting him out of society...

Learn more about the inspiration behind the new series in the artist's statement below:

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Delphine Lebourgeois

Delphine Lebourgeois

Lebourgeois loves books, and fills her intricate works with chapters-worth of familiar symbols and imagery so that each tells a compelling story. She often returns to the theme of feminism with her women armies, delicately portrayed in ink, watercolour and digital print using a style honed at Central St. Martins.

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