Tripoli Gallery

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Demdobrium Chalmerci, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Stanhopea Costaricensi, 2016
pigments on canvas
59 x 46 inches

Oncidium Von Humbolt, 2016
pigments on canvas
39 x 32 inches

Orchis Generalense, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Tolumnia, 2016
pigments on canvas
59 x 46 inches

Orchis Monodora, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Orchis Calbeamanii, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Oricidium Benetti, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Passiflora Purpurea, 2017
pigments on canvas
76 x 76 inches

Paphbella Tulum, 2016
pigments on canvas
36 x 28 inches

Odont de Burghgraeve, 2016
pigments on canvas
36 x 28 inches

Orchis M11, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Botanic Verses

Dominique Rousserie

June 16 ‐ July 10, 2017

Southampton, NY – Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Botanic Verses, its first solo exhibition with Dominique Rousserie. From June 16th to July 10th, 2017, Botanic Verses will feature new paintings of various plant species gathered from Rousserie’s world travels. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on June 17th at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY, from 7 to 9 pm.

Dominique Rousserie’s interest in plants, as subject matter for painting, stems from his lifelong exploration into the natural world. The plants encountered in Rousserie’s travels maintain an enduring allure, a testament to their diverse origins. Whether he is in the Amazon living with Peruvian shamans and exploring the Plants of the Gods, or studying wild orchids in the North of Thailand, Rousserie seeks to discover and create a unifying vision of nature.

In this exhibition, each painting presents a portrayal of a specific plant and its ability to captivate humanity through its psychotropic or medicinal properties. Rousserie’s use of natural pigments reinforces the reality of each plant, rendering its outward appearance in relation to its innermost defining qualities. As if they have been rediscovered years after their creation, these paintings remind us of our own primordial connection to this earth, while living in a modern world that often favors keeping nature at a distance. 

“What we are facing are more than simple images, they are actual portraits of plants. Like a good portraitist pondering his model’s psychology with the tip of his paintbrush, Rousserie strives to reach the plant’s inner soul and personality. His paintings are not just the scientific plates of a herbarium, they are psalms, botanic verses, litanies humbly and relentlessly addressed to the plants. In passing we note that he is not interested only in psychotropic plants. He makes one exception for orchids, passionately pondering the vivacious sensuality and vulvar darkness of its petals, as if the orchid, though not hallucinogenic, was in itself a sublime hallucination.” – Gérard Barrière; writer, philosopher, and friend.

Dominique Rousserie was born in 1960 in Metz, France. His work is included in both public collections–The Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber (Caracas), Brazilian Museum of Sculpture MuBE (Sao Paulo), Foundation Coprim (Paris), Foundation Banco Patricio (Buenos Aires)–and in private collections internationally. He currently maintains a studio in St. Barthélemy, while continuing his travels abroad.

For press inquiries, images, or further information, please contact [email protected] or call 631.377.3715.


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis


Installation Shot, Photo by Jeremy Dennis

Dominique Rousserie
Demdobrium Chalmerci, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Stanhopea Costaricensi, 2016
pigments on canvas
59 x 46 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Oncidium Von Humbolt, 2016
pigments on canvas
39 x 32 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Orchis Generalense, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Tolumnia, 2016
pigments on canvas
59 x 46 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Orchis Monodora, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Orchis Calbeamanii, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Oricidium Benetti, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Passiflora Purpurea, 2017
pigments on canvas
76 x 76 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Paphbella Tulum, 2016
pigments on canvas
36 x 28 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Odont de Burghgraeve, 2016
pigments on canvas
36 x 28 inches

Dominique Rousserie
Orchis M11, 2017
pigments on canvas
14 x 11 inches