Fleuriste Val des Roses
14 rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris France
www.palomarprojects.com

I think there is a dragon among us today, growing in such proportions that it is becoming increasingly difficult to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. This dragon inhabits the rupture we created between the world and our imagination.
Tim Ingold, Marcher avec les dragons, 2013

Inspired by the nature and history of the site located in one of the most vibrant Asian neighborhoods of Paris, Lauren Coullard presents a new series of paintings in which we find one of her favorite figures immersed in lush and magical landscapes: the Dragon. An archetypal creature, the dragon has crossed the imaginations of different periods and latitudes, from ancient Greece and Rome, to Arabia, China and many other civilizations. Although Western culture has imagined the dragon as mainly evil and now relegates it to the infantile world of childhood, in Chinese cosmogony it has an essentially positive magical power. Dragons are associated with Yang, one of the two creative principles of the world, to which development, light, momentum and warmth correspond. Thus, in Lauren Coullard’s paintings we have the impression that even if "we do not know the meaning of the dragon as that of the universe, there is something in its image that is in harmony with the imagination of men, it is, so to speak, a necessary monster," (J. L. Borges, Book of Imaginary Beings, 1957).

credits photo: Tom Cazin

28x19 cm, oil on wood
Deadshot Hydraulic, 2019: 28x19 cm, oil on wood

20,5x10 cm, oil on wood
Sluice Gate, 2019: 20,5x10 cm, oil on wood

32x24cm, oil on wood & brass frame
General Imperviousness, 2019: 32x24cm, oil on wood & brass frame

32x24cm, oil on wood & brass frame
General Imperviousness, 2019: 32x24cm, oil on wood & brass frame


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10x11 cm, oil on wood
Jump Saviour, 2019: 10x11 cm, oil on wood

22x9 cm, oil on wood
Row Guzzler, 2019: 22x9 cm, oil on wood

25x13 cm, oil on wood
Flow Drowned, 2019: 25x13 cm, oil on wood

28,5x20 cm, oil on wood
Over Vestige, 2019: 28,5x20 cm, oil on wood

27x22 cm, oil on canvas
Know your Surroundings, 2019: 27x22 cm, oil on canvas

60x50 cm, oil and pastels on canvas
Egg Roll, 2018: 60x50 cm, oil and pastels on canvas

60x50 cm, oil and pastels on canvas
Egg Roll, 2018: 60x50 cm, oil and pastels on canvas

12,5x12 cm, oil on wood
Shattered, 2019: 12,5x12 cm, oil on wood


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40x30 cm, oil on wood
Smudged, 2019: 40x30 cm, oil on wood

25x17 cm, collages on paper
Entirely Devoted, 2019: 25x17 cm, collages on paper


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