Delphine Lebourgeois studied Fine Art in Lyon then went on to complete a Masters in Illustration at Central St Martins in 2005. She works in various medium including digital, collage, pencil, pen, ink, watercolour and screenprint with drawing at the core of her practice.
Recent works draw from various stylistic sources (ranging from Botticelli to comics) mixing symbols and cultural references in a playful and sometimes irreverent way. Since 2010, the main focus of her work has been to explore the relation that can occur between a group and an individual.
Whether the group is protective or, on the contrary menacing and harmful, Lebourgeois tells stories via precise scenarios that explore the realm of power relations whilst questioning Illustrative and Fine Art traditions.
In her collection "Heroes and Villains", she tells stories about vulnerability and disillusion, but also – like an antidote - rebellion and empowerment. Delphine Lebourgeois was the winner of the Images 29 Critics Award. She has collaborated with major newspapers including The New Yorker, the Guardian, L'Obs and Le Monde.
Having previously explored the ‘woman as rebel’ in earlier works including ‘Smoke I’ and the collective power of Women protecting one another in the Army series, Delphine now looks again at the modern day ‘Witch’.
The Woman who speaks out, stays true to her calling and makes her own choices – and that even in today’s emancipated times, that Woman can still be labelled as not fitting the mould.
In 2016, Amnesty International selected her image "Prisoners" for the exhibition "People on the Move" in Miami.
Delphine's work is shown internationally including in Europe, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.