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PATRICK DELORME by Robert Pujade
Showers of light, earthquakes, waves of colour or flames of shadow & ruins, these are the plastic flares that Patrick Delorme uses to compose, to reveal an unknown universe, invisible, but flowering on each surface that shines. Strange creatures come forth apparently from the sole gesture of painting & the place they live. There is a world which comes back as from a far off premonition. The writs of Dante, our childhood where this inexplicable world in other circumstances & other beliefs, rubbed shoulders with Gustave Moreau & William Blake. This is purgatory, the last sentences or the processions of souls, the threats of prophets or the appearance of angels who discover by working the material like these shapes that half-sleep reveals between powers of a painting or marks on a wall. Inseperable from a life's experience & a regard taken from the uncanny, Patrick Delorme's work appears at times, similar to the instantaneous relation of the photographic vision. As in a photograph, the spectacle of his paintings depend on what the artist sees at the moment he looks. All his art is to explore the material that he applies to the canvas with knife, brush, sponge, until under the effect of his motions , are freed the forms similar to those which obsess him. Each of his gests designs the opacity of a coloured surface, clearing it, obscuring it, & opening it & each finished part of the painting corresponds to the coincidence between what he finds & what he aims at without premeditation. The result is a direct photograph of the apparitions. By the force of his inspiration, Patrick Delorme cohabits with contemporary art but his style encircles, precedes & overtakes it because since the beginning, his work explores the limits of the appearance where the vision decides on its proper boundaries. Renewing & breaking unceasingly with the sacred old times, this work integrates the actual technique & space in order to discover the scene of a virtual liturgy within our reach: it compels the colour to liberate an invisible universe, but which is present in the shapes & depths of his works.