Johan Dussart, born in Charleroi, Belgium in 1984, is a young emerging artist who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He holds a degree in fashion design and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Charleroi, specializing in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Dussart began his career as a fashion designer and visual merchandiser for the American denim brand Levi Strauss & Co. Curious and self-taught, he became involved in the cultural scene of Charleroi by working on exhibition installations for some museums.
In 2021, Johan Dussart made the decision to fully pursue his artistic work. The economic changes following the pandemic created a rupture for the artist, leading him to deep personal questioning, which found its expression through painting. Returning to his academic foundations became the starting point for his search for dialogue with the contemporary world.
Multidisciplinary in nature, Johan Dussart employs different materials and techniques in his artistic practice, such as acrylic, charcoal, pastel, collage, and sewing. Through the layering of different materials and complementary colors, his paintings engage both as visual artworks and performances.
Responsive to the play of light, these variations in materials invite the viewer to move within the space, allowing for interaction with the audience while immersing them in his work. The choice of canvas size is not accidental. In search of a real sense of movement, the canvases are designed to enable the audience to immerse themselves, to enter into the intimacy of his visions.
The Botanical series explores the ever-changing relationship with the world, often abrupt but necessary. Inspired by the concept of freedom, the artist paints these contemporary “still lifes,” which exist in an unshakeable silence despite their vibrant colors and forms.
Johan Dussart takes pleasure in painting and transforming plants and flowers, using both academic and contemporary techniques, ranging from figurative to abstract, from imperfection to perfection. Whether as individual compositions or groups of foliage or petals, they grow freely and hybridize within his imagination.
His latest series, Botanical Scene, draws inspiration from the rich motifs and narratives of medieval tapestries in Belgium, while providing a personal and innovative interpretation. The vibrant colors and meticulous details characteristic of tapestries are reinterpreted in the form of flowers and/or plants, using a contemporary palette and various artistic techniques. Offering a true homage to art history, Johan Dussart transports us through his paintings into a world that is both ancient and contemporary. They provide a fascinating window into the past while reflecting the artist’s concerns and sensibilities. It is a harmonious meeting between two eras, where art transcends time to offer us a unique and captivating visual experience.
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