Damien Deroubaix

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Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Damien Deroubaix


Damien Deroubaix
to Fri 31 Jul 2020
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

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HdM GALLERY presents a show by French contemporary artist Damien Deroubaix. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with HdM GALLERY.


Seeds, 2020

Oil and collage on canvas
200 x 150 cm

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Uncertainty blurs the vision, 2020

Oil and collage on canvas
24 x 33 cm

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Modern Sculpture, 2020

Oil and collage on canvas
100 x 81 cm

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Melancholia (blue shark) Tête, 2020

Oil and collage on canvas
33 x 24 cm

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Listen, 2020

Ink on Japanese paper
38,5 x 51,5 cm

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Tree VI, 2020

Oil and collage on canvas
200 × 150 cm

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Background, Use of Techniques and Interests

Having multiple influences from France to Germany, Deroubaix studied at the Fine Art University in Saint-Etienne (1992 to 1994) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe (1994 and 1998). He uses a variety of techniques from drawing, painting, sculpture, installation to lithography. In recent years, Deroubaix mainly works with paper cut-outs, wood engraving prints and oil on canvas.

As an artist, he is interested in revealing the violence that is hidden in our social power, investigating the incarnations of Capitalism such as advertising, models, slogans – and he thinks that vanity and death are lurking behind these incarnations.

References and Influences

Deroubaix uses a lot of references symbolically in his works: popular culture elements, biblical citations, Grindcore Culture imagery. He uses these to express his cynicism towards the materialism and conformity of the masses. Besides, historical references such as Nazi symbols and death camps represent the ultimate evil, whilst references to the Dada Movement, Francis Bacon, and especially to Pablo Picasso and the meaning and iconography of his work Guernica (1937), which shaped the artist’s conception of art – all together are a nod to art history.

Key Themes

The artist’s recent works depict monstrous twilight landscapes with human, animals and plants in bizarre compositions. Like Robert Rauschenberg, Deroubaix also experiments with collage – mixing modern and identifiable iconography with a morbid and apocalyptic universe populated by monsters, skeletons, weapons of war and an abundance of images symbolizing disaster and death. His motifs come from the medieval danses marcabres with tragic from Modern history. Altogether, Deroubaix portrays a dark, chaotic and violent universe on the border of reality and nightmare based on mythology lodged in the heart of Surrealism.

About the Artist

Born 1972 in Lille, France, Deroubaix lives and works in Meisenthal and Paris ,France. Deroubaix had many solo shows, particularly in France, Switzerland and Germany. His works have been exhibited widely in many leading European Institutions. He held residences at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2005) and ISCP in New York (2008). Deroubaix was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2009). His works are included in public and private collections, such as the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg;

the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken; the Musée d´Art Moderne, Paris; the MAMC, Strasbourg; the FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse; the Musée du Dessin et de l’Estampe Originale, Gravelines; the Museu Coleçao Berardo, Lisbon and the Albrecht-Dürer-Haus-Stiftung, Nuremberg.

Courtesy of the artist and HdM GALLERY, London


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