Delphine Desane - New Now New York Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Raised in Paris by Haitian parents, painter Delphine Desane promotes ebullient and effusive depictions of motherhood and Black femininity. Desane bridges the worlds of art and fashion—a stylist by training, she decisively pivoted toward painting after becoming a mother, honing her practice on maternity leave. Her work quickly achieved acclaim, with Desane collaborating with both Vogue Italia for the cover of its 2020 Sustainability Issue, and designer Jacquemus on the 2020–21 Spring/Summer campaign. These collaborations led to successes in the art world, as Desane has since mounted her first solo show at Luce Gallery in Turin and will be included in the group exhibition Convergent Evolutions: The Conscious of Body at Pace Gallery, New York, from 10 September–23 October 2021.


    Desane’s scenes exude positivity and confidence in a better future: Her startlingly immediate figures are emblems of pride and conviction, depicting a loving and honest narrative of her experiences and aspirations and reflecting her own complex identity. Speaking to the boundary-challenging nature of her practice, Desane says, “the work has a lot to do with my own experiences as a Black woman, a Black mother, being an immigrant in the US, being a child of immigrant parents, and being French and Caribbean.”1


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    1 Maria Vogel, “On the Heels of a ‘Vogue’ Cover, Painter Delphine Desane Talks About What It’s Like to Break Through from Stylist to Art Star,” artnet News, October 20, 2020, online 

    • Description

      Please note that the seller will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this artwork’s sale to benefit Project Backboard. Project Backboard is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to strengthen communities, encourage multi-generational play, and inspire people to think more critically and creatively. The organization will use proceeds from the sale to develop a public basketball court in Haiti, and they intend to donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of this lot to earthquake relief efforts there.

    • Provenance

      Courtesy of the Artist

THE CROSSOVER: Property Sold to Benefit Project Backboard


Journeyin' into Motherhood

signed, titled and dated ""Journeyin' into Motherhood" Delphine Desane 2020–2021 Delphine Desane "Journeyin' into Motherhood" 2020–2021 Delphine Desane Delphine Desane" on the reverse
acrylic, sand and spray paint on canvas, diptych
each 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
overall 48 x 72 in. (121.9 x 182.9 cm)

Executed in 2020–2021.

Full Cataloguing

$18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $100,800

Contact Specialist

Patrizia Koenig

Head of New Now Sale

212 940 1279

New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2021