WE LIKE THE APPROACH
“Pablo Picasso & the Contemplative Persian” belongs to the “Room portraits” series. In his drawings, Damien Nicolas Roux imagines superb interiors decorated around a prestigious artist’s work. To set the scene for 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. Thus he slips one of his own works into this imaginary interior. Indeed, Damien Nicolas Roux is also a plastic artist and creates obelisks and pyramids in cardboard and brass. They 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, can you see it? Finally, he never forgets to add a little life in the form of a human or animal presence.
Each drawing is accompanied by 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.
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“Pablo Picasso & the Contemplative Persian” reproduces an oil painting on canvas from 1932 “The Dream” by the master of Cubism. In Damien Nicolas Roux’s composition, the painting hangs above a Chandigarh armchair by Pierre Jeanneret. On an Empire-style secretary cabinet, Philippe Starck’s little Miss Sissi lamp is not lacking in charm.
We also like the humour of Damien Nicolas Roux who forcefully inscribes his signature through a trio of neoclassical obelisks of his creation.
Photo credit: Damien Nicolas Roux and Galerie Maison Dauphine.Discover the artist