Souvenirs Entrelacés by Elladj Lincy Deloumeaux
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The Perrotin gallery in Dubai is holding Souvenirs Entrelacés, the solo exhibition of Guadeloupean-born artist Elladj Lincy Deloumeaux which gives one an opportunity to have a look at his latest paintings. It will be on view until the 1st of July, 2023.

The show features the collection of Elladj’s new series of portraits of a radiant artistic youth. Among those depicted on the large canvases are his friends Eva Diallo (a Senegalo-Swiss photographer and artist) and Ange-Frédéric Koffi (an Ivorian visual artist). Evoking a sense of nostalgia, Elladj’s soft portraits reflect his deep empathy with his subjects, who appear deep in thought or just going about their everyday lives.

About the artist

Elladj Lincy Deloumeaux (b. 1995, Guadeloupe) resides in Paris, France. He studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and after his graduation in 2021, he carried out a four-month residency at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. 

Elladj Lincy Deloumeaux, A ciel ouvert #3, 2022. Oil on canvas. 40 x 40 cm.

In his work, the artist explores the relationship of people and imaginations with an open and vibrant approach. He focuses on mundane life, mythologies, iconography, beliefs, and Afro-Caribbean religious and cultural heritage. “My Caribbean heritage and African roots inspire me a lot and I have done much research into cosmogony and spirituality,” Elladj says. “People are made of many complex and plural layers, so that’s the way I try to work. My paintings bring together familial, matrimonial, spiritual and symbolic references.”

The colour most used in the artist’s paintings and drawings is black: he considers it spiritual and sacred. For him, black is a support for creation but also for destruction. Elladj begins his every art piece with a black flat; then, working by hand, he erases or reveals this colour by passages of pastel, pencil, or oil in a beige colour bar.

The artist has his works displayed in such exhibitions as Mody: the one who comes from the two worlds (Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Paris, 2022); Un pied sur terre (Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Paris, 2021); About Now #1 (Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Paris, France, 2021); Un est multiple (Cécile Fakhoury Gallery, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 2020); Still Rising (Norwegian rain & T-Michael, Oslo, Norway, 2019); Salon d’artiste, L’Atelier du monde (Paris, France, 2019); and Salon international d’arts plastiques Les Arbustes (Mantes-la-Jolie, France, 2018).

To get more information about Souvenirs Entrelacés, please visit the show’s official web page.

You might also be interested in visiting the exhibition An Odyssey of Identity at the Firetti Contemporary gallery.