Sam Dougados - Olo Naima Star - Image courtesy of the artist - sand beaches drawings

Sam Dougados/ Sam Dougados

France 1976

Installation, Sculpture, Photography, Land Art

www.sam-dougados.com

Sam Dougados
Sam Dougados
Male
France
1976

Sam Dougados is a French self-taught artist whose creative focal point is a form of land art which he appropriately calls beach art – a method of depicting form on beaches around the world during the periods of low tide. The circumstances in which such a piece is placed effectively dooms it from the very start as the sea will inevitably swallow the entire artwork at one point – this fascinating ephemeral aspect underlines the sheer visual beauty of Sam’s art, making us appreciate it even more. Fortunately, the fascinating results of Dougados’ hard work are captured within the camera lenses, making sure that we are able to enjoy it even after the tide claims the artwork back within hours of its completion.

Sam Dougados - Aroof Sand Drawings
Sam Dougados – Aroof

Discovering the Perfect Art for Sam Dougados

As it was stated in the opening sentence, Sam Dougados is a completely self-taught artist. Initially, when he was still a teenager, he started to channel his emotions by writing poems. Soon, young Sam started to explore the possibilities of painting, sculpture and installation art. These creative outputs were a mere hobby for the majority of Sam’s young life. However, this all changed in the year of 2008 when he lost his job and went through a nasty breakup, enduring what can now be perceived as a strong wake-up call. From that point on, Dougados decided he needed to pursue what made him feel fulfilled and there was nothing that made him happier than creating art. After a few years of experimenting with different techniques and norms, he decided that the aforementioned beach art might be the perfect solution to all his artistic needs. Dougados finds inspiration within many fields, including all of the contemporary art, street expression and land art – however, Mother Nature is what influences Sam’s creative decisions the most as he allows the landscape to dictate what he depicts. Logically, he was always attracted to the artworks with strong ephemeral notes as well.

The crown of Sam Dougados’ varied work is his beach art that has truly become the trademark of this French artist

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Sam Dougados – Papillon (Left) / Mirameuble (Right)

The Fleeting Beauty of His Beach Art

Sam’s focal point is his beach art and the photos that come to life after he completes a seaside piece. Unlike many of his similar-minded colleagues, Dougados prefers to improvise a bit during the process of making his pieces, a feature that is somewhat due to the very changing canvas upon which he creates. These works are usually geometric shapes, often very symmetrical, but Sam has been known to author many land graffiti with lettering and calligraphy. The author explains his art with the following words: My work is characterized by geometry and poetry that makes us stop and reflect on the magic of the moment, our relationship with nature and the very essence of our beings. Photographing the finished examples of beach art is a huge part of what Sam Dougados does – by using different aspects of photography, the artist gives a specific atmosphere to the work, a more poetical and personal reading to the piece. His work has evolved quite a bit over the years, almost as if it was developing alongside its author who was maturing as a person and getting better as a visual artist. His ultimate goal has become rather simple, yet quite noble and pure: Open your eyes to your surrounding, be aware of its natural beauty, its fragility and so be aware of yourself. This French author continues to produce interesting installation and sculpture artworks as well as the varied channeling of his talent characteristic to his early age never truly left him.

Here’s a video showing Sam Dougados’ process of creating his ephemeral art in all its beauty and grace

The Driving Force of Contemporary Art

We can’t overstate just how crucial these kinds of original artworks like as the ones of Sam Dougados are to the modern scene. When the entirety of art history is analyzed, it becomes obvious that the major conceptual and visual breakthroughs were made by those who were not afraid to cross the line, risk and experiment – precisely the things Sam has in his creative arsenal. Additionally, the charming nature of his art is what makes it feel so pure and enlightening on every conceptual level. His art is an absolute celebration of life, nature and simple beauty surrounding us.

Sam Dougados lives and works in Biarritz, France.

Featured image: Sam Dougados – Olo Naima Star
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Gli ElementiPalazo Vanvitelliano, Salerno, ItalySolo
2016Unknownles Rencontres de l’Hêtre, Préfailles, FranceGroup
2016Solo ShowL’artnoa, Biarritz, FranceSolo
2016Art3F art fairMontpellier, FranceGroup
2015Solo ShowSpace 130, ParisSolo
2014Aquatic installation of the piece Nenuph’artBiarritz Lac, FranceSolo
2014Venus Projet (action for breast cancer help)Bayonne, FranceGroup
2014Collective ExhibitionClinique Pasteur, ToulouseGroup
2014Promenade Festival: Live Beach ArtTramore, IrlandGroup
2014Nissan garage opening: Chimera Nissan Custom Car CreationAnglet , FranceGroup
2014Huchet stream Festival: Live Beach ArtMoliets, FranceGroup
2014Monumentals sculptures exhibitionLes entrepreneurs mécènes, ChateaubourgGroup
2014O’Neill Tour (surf, graffiti and beach art) Biarritz to Brest, FranceGroup
2013Photos exhibitionSofitel Miramar, Biarritz Group
2013International surf film festivalAnglet, FranceGroup
2013Land art and environnemental art symposium: Sculpt’ En SologneSologne, FranceGroup
2012Anty Grey Zone exhibitionCultur Inside Gallery, LuxemburgGroup
2012Beach art festival (performance and jury)Bermuda, BritishGroup
2012International Sea Photo FestivalVannes, Britanny, FrnaceGroup
2012The Green lineBiarritz, FranceDuo
2012Collective Show (Nature investigation film festival)Biarritz, FranceGroup
2012Solo ShowProvidence gallery, GuetharySolo
2011Solo ShowFlaq gallery, BarcelonaSolo
2011Easy PaintersAtalante with Spacejunk, FranceGroup
2011Duo exhibition with Yohan ColinGallery Flaq, ParisDuo
2011Solo ShowGallery En El Estudio, San SébastianSolo
2010Collective ShowNoventa Grados, San SebastianGroup
2010Festival Foreshore (beach art performance and exhibition)Trebeurden, FranceGroup
2010Love Festival Improbables 5Anglet, FranceGroup
2009Between the linesGallery Détails, Biarritz, FranceSolo
2008Love Festival Improbables 4Anglet, FranceGroup
2008« Fight », « Town », « Poker » and « Ecology » Grenoble, Bourg St Maurice et Bayonne, FranceGroup