Since his birth, Pierre Dessein has always lived in the North of France. He studies architecture and quickly develops an attachment to art and drawing. He is fascinated by comics and practices the art of caricature and cartooning. At the age of 17, he produces a few sketches for a large regional newspaper. Simultaneously, he explores watercolors and develops a taste for figurative oil painting, then over the years, he enjoys blending in abstract work. Dessein’s art is presented in numerous galleries in France. His corpus has been the subject of exhibitions in several cities including Vienna, Paris, Lille and Bethune.
We stumbled upon Pierre Dessein’s work by chance while surfing the Internet. It was love at first sight. Both for his hypnotic landscapes as well as his stunning cities. Up close, spots of color which become, from afar, either seas and coastlines touched by the grace of pastels, or skyscrapers and cities set ablaze by the setting sun or grayed by the torpor of a summer drizzle.
Dessein manages to capture the magical moment of a rising day on a Brittany shoreline, enveloping it in soft blues and pinks, or of a Manhattan suspended between its amber and steel buildings on a rainy afternoon. If his works are in line with lyrical abstraction and tachism, they also travel a path of their own. Inspired by the work of painters Zao Wouki and Christian Hook, Dessein plays with perspective and light by sculpting effects of matter and pigment with his spatulas.
Something mysterious and elusive is present in Dessein’s works. They prompt us to take a break, and invite us to a place of secrecy, silence and contemplation. They caress, they bewitch, they seduce. We are deeply honored to welcome them to the gallery and share them with you in the hope that they might charm and captivate you as much.