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.

Damien Poulain lives in Paris and works around the world.

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Solo Exhibitions
2023 – ‘Thickness of Time’, Art Works Paris Seoul Gallery, (South Korea)
2022 – ‘Ephemeral Pavilion’, Design Parade, Villa Noailles, Toulon (FR)
2021 – ‘Memory is the Perfume of our Soul’, Conran Shop, Seoul (South Korea)
2018 – ‘Love’, Atelier RLD, Paris (FR)
2018 – ‘People Power’, LaurenceAirline popup, Paris (FR)
2018 – ‘Protest banners’, Paris (FR)

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Group Exhibitions
2023 – ‘Pareidolia. I See faces Everywhere’, Spazio Punch gallery, Venezia (IT)
2022 – ‘Art Extravanganza’, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin (DE)
2022 – ‘The Most Sunny Hour of Your Night’, TiPi gallery, Ghent (Belgium)
2021 – ‘Les temps d’arts’, Medieval Castle, Saumur (FR)
2021 – ‘Dreaming of Better Days’, Caring Gallery, Paris (FR)
2021 – ‘Oasis’, Palais Galerie, Neuchatel (CH)
2021 – ‘Urban Art Fair’, Paris (FR)
2019 – Design Museum Le Signe, Chaumont (FR)
2019 – ‘Sense of Humour’, 21_21 Design Museum, Tokyo (JP)
2018 – Design Plaza Museum, Seoul (South Korea)
2018 – Amnesty International, London (UK)
2017 – ‘Nuit Blanche’, Le Kiosque, Mayenne (FR)

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Residencies
2022 – GwinZegal, Guingamp (FR)
2022 – Design Parade, Villa Noailles, Toulon (FR)
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
2022 – Workshop. Villa Noailles, Toulon (FR)
2022 – Workshop. City of Tsukuba Mirai (JP)
2022 – Workshop. Ses Dotze Naus, Ibiza (SP)
2022 – Workshop. Gwinzegal, Guingamp, France (FR)
2022 – Workshop. Clermont Ferrand 2024, France (FR)
2021 – Workshop. Clermont Ferrand 2024, France (FR)
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)
2018 – Workshop. Typojanchy, Seoul (South Korea)

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Press
2021 – Interview for Lampoon Magazine (IT)
2021 – Interview for The Conran Shop, London (UK)
2021 – Interview for Corriere della Serra (IT)
2021 – Interview for Petit Bateau (FR)
2021 – In FT Magazine (UK)
2020 – Interview for AD Magazine (SP)
2020 – Article in Elle Deco (FR)
2019 – Interview for It’s Nice That (UK)

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Collaborations
2022 – Folk Clothing (UK)
2022 – Conran Seoul (South Korea)
2022 – Apara (Brasil)
2022 – Conran London (FR)
2022 – Meriguet Carrere (FR)
2021 – RSVP Paris (FR)
2021 – Balineum (UK)
2020 – Conran Paris (FR)
2020 – Oysho (Spain)
2019 – Camper (JP)
2016 – Coutance wine (FR)

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Contact
Damien Poulain
Studio 4
20 Passage St Sébastien, 75011 Paris, France
T. +33 7 69 49 62 99
hello@damienpoulain.com

Instagram @damienpoulain

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