Olivier Dubois-Cherrier is an experienced French painter, photographer and sculptor based in Tucson, Arizona, who has exhibited his work internationally. His Caribbean family background deeply influenced his path to art as well as the content he portrays in it, and he has lived a nomadic life for many years now. Typically painting with thick impastos and using additional materials such as sand, soil, grass and found objects, he composes works that contemplate natural environments and pose philosophical questions. His themes include time, ego and death.
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About the Process
I love to paint, even if sometimes it is a torture because of the struggles it brings. I also love to sculpt and land art is a medium I cherish but which asks me more physical energy to achieve. I made some videos and some photographs that I am proud of, but the use of those mediums depend mainly on my mood of the moment. I wrote 3 philosophical notebooks which offered a textual companion to some of my bodies of works.
I paint using cheap brushes and house paint I get from a hardware store. I love the texture collage can bring, I introduce in my paintings things I find available around me. The only materials I buy from an art supplies shop are canvas and transparent acrylic medium I use as glue.
When I make a sculpture, I use junk materials like wood lumber scraps, old railroad ties or logs.
I work in my studio located on the property where I live called The Island in Tucson. The studio has no wall, no doors, no A/C; it is a 1,600 sqf concrete slab, with a roof and some shipping containers used for storage and as partial enclosure. I paint on the floor in my studio or outside directly on the dirt.
How to Purchase
Via direct contact with me or through the online art gallery SingulArt.com which represents me.