Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet, Eclectix Interview 19

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

Delphyne on the Golden Gate Bridge, Photo: Laeticia


Riveted by a random piece of Delphyne’s art on FaceBook one day – we had to immediately “friend” her to see more. She lives in Paris, France and just visited the States and the surreal “Dystopia” show in LA. Was very surprised to not see her work in that show,  she would have been my first pick!  Delphyne paints incredible modern surrealist imagery – part morbid Goth, part Max Ernst, part Dali, part Yves Tanguy – but with a woman’s touch and her own vision. In mainly black and white and some vivid reds, they feel like twisted, struggling Valentines gone awry. Changing, designing and molding body parts into fluid, volumes of dislocated anatomic parts – beautiful in their graceful dances.

Delphyne kindly consented to do an interview with Eclectix and struggled to translate our questions and her answers. She has a fantastic grasp of English, (a very good thing) because we know zilch French. After a bit of re-wording to convey her thoughts, here is the final product, sometimes a bit different in phrasing than normal – but that makes it all the more wonderful, just like her art.


Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

My favorite art memory from my childhood is …

I’ll choose my very first one, which had a powerful impact. It’s a memory of sounds and floating images -  my first movie ever, (that I saw at the cinema)- “Fantasia“. I remember how strongly the classical music affected me. Riveting me to the bottom of my seat, my eyes wide open staring up at the screen. I was scared yet fascinated – by the darkness fighting with blinding brightness, the  messy, flying liquids, the bubbles emulating with crazy stars and, most importantly – the huge lightness of everything…  I was 5 year’s old.

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

My interest in art/painting started … 

Oops, I don’t remember… sorry!  I was always a sensitive child to art and its many forms, without knowing what “art” really meant (still don’t know yet!! ha, ha). I think adolescence, as for many, brought me some enlightenment. I started to perceive my own tastes, while creating a cocoon of inspirations, mainly through movies, master’s paintings, books, dance and music. I knew early on that I’d devote my life to art, but I never guessed it would be as a painter… I thought it was such a boring job!

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

I am often inspired and motivated by … 

I think when we grow up training ourselves to search and explore new fields, keeping our minds wide open, we turn into sponges, becoming flooded by everything. We have to build filters to sort it all- keep what we call the “inspiration”, then throw out the rest or we will go insane! So, if some artists, dead or alive, can inspire me, it would only be fair to pay tribute to all the little things that I see, second after second, day after day. And, of course, by human behavior, always a source of surprise.

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

If I could spend the day with any artist (dead or alive) it would be …

Since I still haven’t the ability to speak to dead people, I’d choose the very alive, David Lynch, without hesitation. I just love this man. He gives of himself entirely to what he does, knowing that his art might change the world, using the best gift we have – our brain. It’s as if he gives us one key and the freedom to choose between hundreds of doors. The day I would spend with him would not be that original – talking, drinking cups of tea… with coffee for him, of course! But there’s another one, maybe the only real artist of all time, with whom I’d like to spend some time: God? I think we need to talk…

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

The tip or art technique (a specific tidbit of craft, advice or mechanical expertise) that has helped me the most is ….

 Very difficult question. First, because everything I’ve touched leads the way to what I create and because I’m a self taught painter. Unfortunately, nobody has ever schooled me or given me advice on how to paint.  I look forward to the day when I’ll meet the one who will teach me! That’s an open call! ha!  But two things are very important which I’ve learned by being a fashion designer – patience and precision.

If I could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, it would be …

 A castle in Scotland.

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

My favorite piece of my own art is …

It’s an old one, a “The Egg(above).  Because… it really made me sweat. I had never dared to use much color before, aside from red, so it was a challenge! It’s the first piece of a long and very personal work called “Inside”, begun during the first month of our new decade. With this painting I understood for the first time the power of imagination and the new paths we can create through its immensity. This is absolutely fascinating, but the thing is – we need to find our way back, or our minds will be lost forever.

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

My ultimate project or fantasy is … 

To turn some big French art institution into a real field of new discovery and strangeness,  purely for the pleasure of Art.  It would be great to see the conservative art world’s toes curl up.

The last song I chose to listen to was …

“Versus”, from a French band called Ez3kiel, because I went to their concert yesterday night.

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

The last book I couldn’t put down was …

“Tokyo”, by Mo Hayder. Whenever I start a book, I never put it down. Fortunately, this one was a good one.

I can’t live without …

my eyes.

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

It’s not hip, but I really love …

To fill my stomach to the brim with good food in the evenings, good white wine, and good friends at home.

My favorite word is …

“Celebrate”.  I have a French ear and this word has a good ring to it, plus the meaning is so positive. “We have to celebrate”. Perfect sentence!!!

Delphyne Veyrat D’ Urbet - Eclectix Interview

My favorite motto (or quote)  is…. 

“To those who dare, nothing is impossible.”



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 (This entry was  originally posted on 3/31/11 )

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