5.31/ Tripoli Gallery: ‘Botanic Verses’ / Dominique Rousserie, June 16 / July 10


Dominique Rousserie. Paphbella Tulum, 2016. Pigments on canvas. 36 x 28 inches. Image Courtesy the Artist.


Botanic Verses / Dominique Rousserie

June 16 / July 10


Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Botanic Verses, its first solo exhibition with Dominique Rousserie. From June 16th to July 10th, 2017Botanic Verses will feature new paintings of various plant species gathered from Rousserie’s world travels. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on June 17th at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY, from 7 to 9 pm.

Dominique Rousserie’s interest in plants, as subject matter for painting, stems from his lifelong exploration into the natural world. The plants encountered in Rousserie’s travels maintain an enduring allure, a testament to their diverse origins. Whether he is in the Amazon living with Peruvian shamans and exploring the Plants of the Gods, or studying wild orchids in the North of Thailand, Rousserie seeks to discover and create a unifying vision of nature.

In this exhibition, each painting presents a portrayal of a specific plant and its ability to captivate humanity through its psychotropic or medicinal properties. Rousserie’s use of natural pigments reinforces the reality of each plant, rendering its outward appearance in relation to its innermost defining qualities. As if they have been rediscovered years after their creation, these paintings remind us of our own primordial connection to this earth, while living in a modern world that often favors keeping nature at a distance. 

“What we are facing are more than simple images, they are actual portraits of plants. Like a good portraitist pondering his model’s psychology with the tip of his paintbrush, Rousserie strives to reach the plant’s inner soul and personality. His paintings are not just the scientific plates of a herbarium, they are psalms, botanic verses, litanies humbly and relentlessly addressed to the plants. In passing we note that he is not interested only in psychotropic plants. He makes one exception for orchids, passionately pondering the vivacious sensuality and vulvar darkness of its petals, as if the orchid, though not hallucinogenic, was in itself a sublime hallucination.” – Gérard Barrière; writer, philosopher, and friend.

Dominique Rousserie was born in 1960 in Metz, France. His work is included in both public collections–The Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber (Caracas), Brazilian Museum of Sculpture MuBE (Sao Paulo), Foundation Coprim (Paris), Foundation Banco Patricio (Buenos Aires)–and in private collections internationally. He currently maintains a studio in St. Barthélemy, while continuing his travels abroad.




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