Delphine Courtillot: Raptures of the Deep


Images of interiors from 20th century Amsterdam architecture, references to Art Nouveau, and potential sites of phantasmagoria are all found in a new series of paintings on paper by Dutch-based artist Delphine Courtillot, titled Raptures of the Deep. Courtillot’s new exhibition, which is on view at Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles through December 19th, continues the artist’s use of subdued and atmospheric palette, which leads viewers into a dark and mysterious interior space. Some of the interior references that the artist depicts include the Tuschinski movie palace, the Tiffany Lamp Studio, and the Dijsselhof room in the Central Museum in The Hague; all places that embody a certain bourgeois spirit.  The paintings gain significance not through the particular imagery presented or historical place that is represented, but through the psychology and potential narrative that her imagery merely suggests.


Raptures of the Deep marks the second solo exhibition for the artist at Roberts and Tilton. The artist has also exhibited with Annet Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam and ASPN in Leipzig, Germany. The artist attended both Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.