Painter and illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme wields his pen with rapier wit in his illustrated chronicles of everyday life and fashion. A Parisian at heart, he loves to travel the world, capturing its essence and the many ironies of contemporary culture in his drawings.
Born in 1959, he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and right away began a career as an advertising and media illustrator, which led him from Barneys department store to GQ, Vogue, AD, the Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker, jobs that fulfilled his desire to disseminate his views outside the microcosm of the art world. He loves the poetry of chance offered by the printed image as a drawing moves around, appears, disappears and then resurfaces where it is least expected. His colorful images express a vivid cheerfulness communicated through a variety of techniques, with a marked preference for the use of gouache.
While he records the style of various individuals with incisive humor and tender irony, his work also depict the little details of everyday life, the daydreams of trendy urbanites and the vanity of worldly customs. Delhomme has published a number of illustrated books, including Art Contemporain, Le Drame de la Déco (Éditions Denoël), Design Addicts (Thames and Hudson), The Cultivated Life (Rizzoli) and The Unknown Hipster Diaries (August Editions).
He regularly publishes his colorful commentary on his blog, The Unknown Hipster, and shows his work in galleries in Tokyo, Paris, Berlin and New York. And, when an image can’t tell the whole story, he takes up his pen. His first three novels, Mémoires d’un Pitbull, La Dilution de l’Artiste and Comique de Proximité, were published by Éditions Denoël.
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