In his “Room portraits” series, DNR imagines sublime interiors decorated around a prestigious piece of art. To stage the reproduced painting, he inserts iconic furniture, lighting and collectors’ items. His freedom as a facetious artist sometimes leads him to construct a second mise en abyme, by slipping one of his own works into this imaginary interior. Indeed, DNR is also a plastic artist and creates obelisks and pyramids in cardboard and brass, which fit perfectly into the decor. The work is in the work, but so is the artist, since he plays at hiding his signature (DNR) in his drawing. Finally, he never forgets to add a little life in the form of a human or animal presence.
“Pablo Picasso & the Parakeet” features an oil on canvas from 1947, “Woman with a green hat”. The painting is positioned above a Knole-style trimmed sofa (Knole is a 19th century British brand), on which a Kelly bag by Hermès sits elegantly. The ensemble is illuminated by an “Élysée” floor lamp by Pierre Paulin.
Each drawing is delivered with a coloured paper mat in one of the colours recommended by the artist. A work with surprising and accomplished techniques, which mixes references to painting, architecture and decorative arts.
Photo credit: Damien Nicolas Roux and Galerie Maison Dauphine.Discover the artist