Poetry of Another Time
Like her father, the renowned artist Michel Delacroix, Fabienne Delacroix is a painter whose works are steeped in the poetry of another time. Her quiet, lyrical canvases are windows on the past-that legendary era of memory and desire when life was sweet and pleasures innocent and simple.
She paints this simpler time with a nostalgia that seems surprising in one so young, until one remembers that the word nostalgia has its roots in an ancient Greek term meaning "to return home." And home for Fabienne Delacroix is the gorgeous landscape of her beloved country, France. Her province is the harmony that reigned during the Belle Époque, that carefree period at the beginning of the century when people flocked to Deauville, Dinard, Nice and Monte Carlo to take country walks and bathe in the waters off their shores. And it is here, amid the glorious natural beauty of the South of France, that Fabienne Delacroix's love of romance and extraordinary natural gifts as a painter take flight. But natural gifts develop best with careful schooling and few painters have enjoyed the kind of schooling that Fabienne Delacroix has.
Born in 1972, she was the third and last child of Michel Delacroix. To this day, she remembers the long afternoons of her childhood when she played away the hours in her father's studio as he quietly worked away at his easel. By the age of ten, following her family's return to France after a brief stay in the United States, she had already begun to paint.
Two years later, she showed her work for the first time at a gallery in Carmel, California, where it proved so popular that it sold out. Today, Fabienne Delacroix paints with her father in his studio, where she has now studied with him for over a decade. Yet, while she shares many of her father's interests, she is very much an artist in her own right. Her style and choice of subjects are uniquely her own and her palette and management of color are marked by her own strong character. In fact, her mastery of her medium and her intuitive capacity to distill the essence of a land or seascape in her images has already established Fabienne Delacroix as a major new talent.
In 1996 alone, her first three limited editions for Axelle Fine Arts, her exclusive art publisher, were such a success that they virtually sold out. On display in galleries in cities around the country, they attracted so much attention that she was invited to participate in a tour of major U.S. galleries with her father. She thus traveled to cities such as New York and Boston with Michel Delacroix for joint exhibitions of their work.
Internationally acclaimed Fabienne Delacroix is a resident of both Paris and New York and was official artist of North Carolina's largest ever sporting event, the 1999 Special Olympics World Games. Like her world-renowned father, Michel Delacroix, Fabienne paints in a naive style that hearkens back to romantic times gone by. Her subjects are often in the period dress of the Belle Epoque and the atmosphere in each painting is warm, nostalgic, and extremely positive.
In commemoration of the 1999 Special Olympics, Fabienne created three oil paintings on canvas, representing the three points of the Triangle that is played host to the games. The Duke Chapel, the UNC Bell Tower, and The Governor's Mansion in Raleigh each formed the basis of a painting celebrating sports, community, and diversity.
Fabienne Delacroix has been involved in numerous charitable events since coming to the attention of the Art World. New York Knicks star John Starks has had her create commemorative art two years in a row for his celebrity benefit and golf classic to raise money for inner-city youth. She has also donated her talents to Boathouse Rock, a benefit to raise money for Aids research and education.