Jean-Philippe Delhomme                        

The Forest Leads to the Sea

May 24th thru June 29th



Sagaponack —The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present The Forest Leads to the Sea, an exhibition of paintings by Jean-Philippe Delhomme on view in the summer studio from May 24 through June 29. Madoo is open to the public Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12 – 4pm and by appointment. Please register at 


The contrast that used then to strike me so forcibly between the country drives that I took with Mme. De Villeparisis and this proximity, fluid, inaccessible, mythological, of the eternal Ocean, no longer existed for me. And there were days now when, on the contrary, the sea itself seemed almost rural.

                                                             —- Marcel Proust


The exhibition of Jean-Philippe Delhomme conceived specifically for Madoo brings together landscape paintings executed in two locations dear to his heart.  A Greek island where he sojourns several times throughout the year and the countryside around a family residence in France.   The works are executed from the direct observation of the landscape and not mediated through photography.  The wooded countryside brings back the origin of the “peinture de plein air” that imposed landscape painting as a genre in itself, with the first impressionists depicting the Fontainebleau forest near Barbizon.  The leisurely pace of the country painting invites one to walk along bucolic paths or lay in the grass, while the Greek landscapes position the observer in a stationary lookout towards the sea, like the lighthouse he represents often. In The Forest Leads to the Sea we can see nods to artists he admires like Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and the presentation in the Long Island location grants a fortuitous proximity with these American painters to Delhomme’s musing from the forest to the sea.  

Jean-Philippe Delhomme’s painting practice was developed in parallel to a successful career in the field of press and communication but he only began to exhibit his paintings in 2017. After graduating from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Art Decoratifs in 1985, Delhomme chose printed media over studio for its potential to reach a large public. He has contributed for over thirty years to publications worldwide, worked with brands, notably his collaboration with Glenn O’Brien for the Barney’s ad campaign in the early 90s, and published a number of books combining illustrations and his own writing (The Cultivated Life, The Unknown Hipster diaries, Artists’ Instagrams). Recent exhibitions include Musee D’Orsay (Paris,) Pacific Design Center (Los Angeles) and Isetan Shinjuku (Tokyo).

The MADOO Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of MADOO, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.


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