Damien Poulain is an artist responding to various invitations, engaging with design, architecture, and the built and natural environments. His practice transmutes influences from Shintoist, primitive, and heraldic symbology, as well as contemporary material and digital culture, to propose a universal visual language. Through an evolving range of formats including textile, paint, sculpture, and ephemeral architectural volumes, he devises glyphic systems of geometry and color. These codes raise questions about the ways humans relate to each other, to their surroundings, and to the mystery of existence.

Poulain’s work is nomadic and contextual in nature. His imprint ranges from monumental interventions to small-scale paintings, which he produces in ongoing series linked to place and time. He intends for his projects to invite cross-cultural engagement and build communities, disseminating a universal message of love, beauty, and possibility.

In addition to the public spaces that are Poulain’s preferred canvas, his work has been exhibited at 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.

He lives in Paris and works around the world.

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Exhibitions
2021 – Group Show. Medieval Castle, Saumur (FR)
2021 – Group Show. Dreaming of Better Days, Caring Gallery, Paris (FR)
2021 – Group Show. Oasis, Palais Galerie, Neuchatel (CH)
2021 – Group Show. Urban Art Fair, Paris (FR)
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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