Stéphane Erouane Dumas
Stéphane Erouane Dumas uses oil paint on paper or canvas to reveal his vision of nature and its immensity. In his cool-toned Nordic landscapes, the vanishing horizon gives way to tree lines, to visions of cliffs and the glittering waters of the rivers and lakes. Oscillating between the boundaries of figurative and abstract, his energy-filled works reflect the cosmic greatness of nature, between the real world and the world of dreams.
In the “Wintertime” series, inspired by the artist’s travels in Norway, Scotland, and Iceland, we find winter scenes of dark and misty skies, broken by vertical birch trunks as well as snow-covered rocks and trees, painted in the wintercool colors of the north. Frozen, immobile and yet radiating life beneath its crust of ice and frost, the landscapes of this series of paintings reveal the artist’s talent and share with us his perception of the world’s harmony.
Stéphane Erouane Dumas was born in Boulogne Billancourt (FR) on 12 April 1958 and lives in both Paris and Varengeville-sur-Mer in Normandy. He studied at the Académie Julian and then at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where he received his degree in 1984. His work is featured in several collections (Coprim Foundation, Maison Henry IV, Colas Foundation) and he has illustrated several books by the publisher “Fata Morgana”. For the 2012 Verrière-Hermès in Brussels he created a monumental project entitled, Cliffs, a 44m-long, 3.8m-high polyptych done in oil on paper. This gigantic work was then exhibited in 2014 at the Chaumont-sur-Loire estate in the Galerie de Fenil. In 2014, the publisher “Area” created a monograph of his work. In 2015, he was introduced to lithography at Idem in Montparnasse.
In 2018, a documentary film was made about his work: Portrait of an Artist. This film got the special prize of the jury MIFAC 2019. In 2019, Dumas met the ceramist Grégoire Scalabre and began a collaboration that would produce his first cliffs of clay and culminate in series of bronze. In 2021, the editions “In Fine” published a monograph on the last five years of his work and included text by Pascal Bonafoux; this monograph accompanied Dumas’ solo exhibition Droites and Courbes at the Pierre-Alain Challier gallery.He is also regularly invited to present his work in Europe and the US for personal exhibitions or art fairs, in Luxembourg, in Belgium and in France.