The "new surrealism"
"True creativity does not concern itself
with its place in the sphere of art.
For me, creating a bottle inspires a narration,
But Damien creates a new form of reality.
No stories are told, it is up to us to invent them and live them:
made of clay, of stone, of fire.
Dreams of operatic grasslands,
a Sistine on the scale of nature.
(...) Damien can write entire novels on faces.
A present from the past.
He erases the imperfections of the subjective.
He stones roll,
faces made of clay.
But why has God not done it?
Style, fashion, makeup artist,
"(...) "I let my hands do the speaking", explains
Damien Dufresne. He creates a presence,
one that is adorned with feathers, sequins,
caked-up material, or a veil of pigment, using lines
or striation, crusts, bark, fire, or ice - all the "spots
that appear on the human retina" of which
Baudelaire spoke so evocatively. (...) Damien
Dufresne's work occupies a privileged place
between romanticism and fantasy. Gifted with
enormous sensitivity, this visionary artist captures
the essence of intimacy: before one can paint and
work directly on another person's body, one has
to establish a relationship of complete trust with
the model, a mutual feeling of understanding.
Alongside the acknowledged language of aesthetics,
this artist has created a new, bold and sensitive
language, one that is disconcerting and heady like
a rare perfume - a language of feelings that
encompasses joy, sorrow, euphoria, silence, and action."
MICHEL BOHBOT, COMTEMPORARY ART EXPERT