Biography Dominique Rousserie
b.1960 Metz, France
The WallHouse Museum of St Barthelemy hosts a retrospective of his art, a tribute to primitive art.
In his St Barthelemy studio is working at a shamanic plant series, “Datura and Vanitas”are interacting on his canvas.
“Illuminations” an homage to poet Arthur Rimbaud are paintings made on silk hanging canvas , those “Vanitas”are exhibited in London.
Rousserie shows”Botanic Verses” a rare orchids series of painting during a solo at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton.
The aluminum/wood prototype of “The Smoking Room”submarine sculpture is launched at Jabuti Gallery in St Barthelemy.
Shamanic turtle skulls and outshells sculptures and “L ile deserte” mapping painting are created and showed in St Barthelemy.
Painted ammunition cases from “Toys are Us” series and “The Smoking Room”number one edition aluminum sculpture are exhibited during a solo at M+V art Gallery in Miami and at Liaigre Gallery in Paris.
Rousserie shows “Skulls and Bones” and ”Toys R US” series at Tripoli Gallery in Southampton, NY.
Rousserie shows his “Mapping” and “Molecular Structures” series at a solo exhibition at Space SBH Gallery St. Barthelemy.
The Installation “Arawak” and The Concept “Terrae Incognitae” are exhibited at MuBE (“Brasilian Museum of Sculpture”) in Sao Paulo.
During Miami Art Basel Rousserie launches the prototype of his aluminum sculpture “The Smoking Room”.
“Goat”, “Snake on Bird” and “Dreamcatcher” mobiles are created in St. Barthelemy studio.
The installation “Arawak” is finalized with portrait series on canvas made with graphite on pigments.
Death of friend, writer and philosopher, Gerard Barriere. Rousserie meets indians Kogis along the Palomino river, in Tayrona territory, near by the Atlantic Colombian coast. Lysergic note book completed in Cartagena de las Indias where also the concept “Arawak” is drawn, composed of a series of interventions on goat skulls and shamanic objects.
Other backgrounds appear as the painted gun on the World War II US army stretcher for the series “Toys are us” and the poppy embroideries from the 18th century covered with intriguing “Molecular Structures” of mescaline and
serotonin. “Esthetical Import” is shown in East Hampton and New York. Birth of son, Arthur.
Back in New York the “Mapping” series is extended to the “Terrae Incognitae” of the alchemists. Use of St. Barthelemy and Montserrat Islands cartography. Rousserie chases dragons in Chinatown and traps them on his canvases.
Time spent in Berlin, Germany studying the life of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) who discovered the Delta of Orinoco in Venezuela. Rousserie follows the naturalist in the city, painting architectural details of the “Berliner Dom” and begins work on the “Mapping” series.
“The interior Geographies” are exhibited in Brussels, Belgium. Influenced by the world’s armaments Rousserie paints “Toys are us”. Passion for Electro-music and as a tribute to the K&D Sessions, “Going under Machines” appears on Rousserie’s canvas.
Settled and painting in Ibiza. Work begins on the “Global Warming” series and “Subs”. Ibiza becomes the perfect Laboratory for the series “Chasing the Dragon” about the use of psychotropic substances.
Rousserie travels to the Dominican Republic, and studies the Art of the Taino and the orchids of the Botanical garden of Santo Domingo. He is invited in tribute to “Miami Art Basel” to show the series “Dangerous Beauties”.
Studio set-up in Saline on the island of St. Barthelemy, where the Tainos used to find shelter. Studies mainly dedicated to Naturalism during this time. “Beyond Botanica” is exhibited in California and Colorado.
Time often spent with friend and writer Gerard Barriere, in conversation about how the world can be rethought through the ancient spirits. How do you become a naturalist with the “vegetalistos”? Painting in New York and studying at the American Museum of Natural History. Rousserie then leaves for the Caribbean.
The series “Botanic verses” travels through Argentina, United States and Ukraine. “The Cosmic Babies” are created in the Paris studio, representing humanization and enlightenment of the World.
Exhibition in Osaka, Japan and exploration of the use of the “Kyonoren”, hanging cloth curtain which typically graces many Japanese temple doorways. The Noren’s symmetry will be seen in Rousserie’s tankas. Time studying wild orchids in the North of Thailand and the islands of the Siam Gulf. Rousserie meets with Raoni, chief of the Kayapo Indians from the Xingu region of Brazil and completes a painting titled “Plant your tree!”
After a study about Mayan mushroom stones in Guatemala, Rousserie lives with Peruvian shamans in the Amazon and with them expands his knowledge about Plants of the Gods and their visions.
Visits India and Nepal in search of new fabrics to make his “Tankas”, and later on, paints them in the Miami studio. The concept “Indi” is a study of “Interior Views”, “Spiritual Transmutation” and “Shamanic” curative, and hallucinogen plants painted on large canvases. Rousserie is named Honorary Member of the National Committee for Artistic Education of France.
Following the exhibition of the “Time Track” concept in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Rousserie decides to travel
through the Amazon jungle from Canaima, Venezuela, where the Table Mountains “Los Tepuyes” are located, to the delta of the Orinoco. Two studios opened in succession, one in Miami and the other one in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies.
While traveling to the coast and Center of Venezuela, Rousserie prepares a series of paintings called “Transmutation”. Later on, these works are exhibited in Los Angeles and Miami.
New studio established in Santa Fe, Caracas, Venezuela.
Rousserie returns to Mexico and United States and discovers new pigments in Margarita, Venezuela. Time spent at a foundation that protects sea turtles in Los Roques Islands.
Rousserie travels to the gate of the Kingdom Queen of Saba, Yemen and the Red Sea. Work done on the theme “Spiritus Universalis” for the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela. Birth of daughter, Emma.
Preparation for an exhibition based on signs, for the museum of Prehistory in Bougon, France. The French Cultural Center of Barcelona, Spain, hosts the “Spiritus Mundi” exhibition.
On the south coast of Turkey, aboard the sailing boat “Sea Prince”, Rousserie visits the land of the Lycians, west of the Antalyan Gulf. His exhibitions are dedicated to the cryptograms and mythology of old civilizations. He paints on the Catalan coast, Spain.
Rousserie studies the Sumerian civilization and exhibits the Sumerian canvases in Sweden, France and Italy. Time is also spent exploring the desert in the south of Tunisia.
Study of archaeological graffiti in Stockholm, Sweden along with the rune stones of the Vikings. Exhibition of works at the Scandinavian Art Forum.
Birth of son, Charles.
Back in Europe, exhibition of Brazilian canvases at “La Defense”, Paris. Studio established in Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
Study of Etruscan Art.
1988 – 1989
Upon return to Brazil, Rousserie establishes his studio in an old fisherman’s house in Paracuru. In the states of Amazonia and Ceara, he works and then exhibits the canvases. The concept of the “Pictorial Compressions” is based on water, fire, earth and air.
1986 – 1987
After visiting the coral atolls of Venezuela and Bahamas, Rousserie ends up in Florida, and prepares a trip to the Maya civilization in Belize, Guatemala and the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan. He parts with his boat.
1984 – 1985
Rousserie sails across the Atlantic. Discovery of the use of latex and natural pigments in Bahia, Brazil and study of the influence of the African Fetishism in Bahia. Work is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. The rest of the year is spent in the Amazon jungle.
Rousserie leaves France. The compass is directed towards Cape Finistere, “Land’s End”, in Galicia, Spain, the land of grand men that came from the sea. Study of the Celtic influence along the coast of “Rio de Padron”. Further on in the Canary Islands, Rousserie discovers the Art of the Guanche people, descendants from Atlantis. Then traveling along the coast of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and working with local artists in villages, bushes,
forests, and lost islands, where Animism and Fetishism have not disappeared yet. Canvases “Icones Animistes” are exhibited in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
1981 – 1982
Rousserie sets out to focus his research on primitivism, signs and ancient symbols deciding to travel with his boat named “Shiva-Shakti” which serves as a traveling studio.
Rousserie heads to Israel and the Red Sea and decides to paint the nuclear war shelter in the city of Urim. The exhibition “Life and Death” is later exposed at the Cultural Center.
Study in Galles, Sri Lanka, of the variation of colors for gemmology by thermical and spectral action.
Starts up an Action Painting group at the Cultural Center of Presles, France.