Damien Poulain is an artist responding to various invitations, exploring design and architecture. Damien Poulain’s work develops in a transversality influenced by shintoist, tribal and heraldic symbols. In his practice, he uses material such as textile, spray paint, sculpture, and architectural volumes to develop a work targeting the meaning of communities and the tools of its beliefs. His work invests and promotes optimism in building communities and he wishes through his projects to bring people together. At the same time, he intends to raise questions about contemporary popular cultures’ practices in collaborative approaches between the artist and local craftsmen and their resources.

With his ongoing ’Happy Face project’ Damien Poulain sprays paint on shutters around the world, and creates urban architectural interventions to develop a direct interaction with the public. With his monumental public art mural series ‘Love Has No Size’, he explores the multiple human facets and love possibilities through a geometric work. Painting urban spaces,
he wishes to spread a simple and yet complex message of and about love in various parts of the world, to confront people with a universal message about beauty, possibilities and choices.

Damien Poulain had solo shows in London at Kemistry Gallery and KK Outlet, in Tokyo at Calm and Punk Gallery and Claska, and group shows at the Museum of Graphic Design in Breda, Holland and 21_21 Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

Damien is working in between London and Paris.

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Exhibitions
2019 – Group Show. Design Museum Le Signe, Chaumont (FR)
2019 – Group Show. 21_21 Design Museum, Tokyo (JP)
2018 – Group Show. Design Plaza Museum, Seoul (South Korea)
2018 – Solo Show. Love, Atelier RLD, Paris (FR)
2018 – Solo Show. People Power, LaurenceAirline popup, Paris (FR)
2018 – Solo Show. Protest banners, Paris (FR)
2018 – Group Show. Amnesty International, London (UK)
2017 – Group Show. Nuit Blanche, Le Kiosque, Mayenne (FR)
2015 – Group Show. EnOne Gallery, Tokyo (JP)
2013 – Group Show. Graphic Detour, Museum of the Image, Breda (NL)
2010 – Solo Show. KK Outlet, London (UK)
2010 – Solo Show. Saison Graphique, Le Havre (FR)
2010 – Solo Show. Sketch Gallery, London (UK)
2012 – Solo Show. Totem 49, Kemistry Gallery, London (UK)
2009 – Group Show. Illustrative 09, ÏMA Design Village, Berlin (Germany)
2009 – Group Show. Prototypes and Experiments, The Aram Gallery, London (UK)
2009 – Solo Show. Totem 49, Claska, Tokyo (JP)
2008 – Group Show. My Monkey, My Network, Nancy (France)
2008 – Solo Show. Le Nouveau Riche, KK Outlet, London (UK)

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Residency
2019 – The Anni & Josef Albers Foundation (Senegal)
2018 – French Institute, Tokyo (JP)
2018 – Art Center La Métairie Bruyère (FR)
2018 – KAAF Institute (Iran)
2016 – Ses Dotze Naus, Ibiza (SP)

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Workshops and talks
2020 – Workshop. Art Center La Métairie Bruyère (FR)
2020 – Workshop. Photographic Center Rouen, France (FR)
2019 – Workshop. St Martins Art School, London (UK)
2019 – Talk. Wolff Olins, London (UK)
2019 – Workshop. Pompidou Center, Paris (FR)
2019 – Workshop. City of Geneva, Geneva (CH)
2019 – Workshop. Design Museum Le Signe, Chaumont (FR)
2019 – Workshop. Photographic Center Rouen, Rouen (FR)

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Represented in Europe by
Tiphaine
Paris, France

Represented in Japan by
The Bee’s Knees
Tokyo, Japan

Gas As Interface Co. Ltd
Tokyo, Japan

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Contact
Tel. +33 7 69 49 62 99
Email. hello@damienpoulain.com

Instagram @damienpoulain

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