(1951-2000) French artist Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey's slightly eccentric imagination helps him envision mythical legends and use themes from neo-classicism and the Renaissance that he mixes with elements from the Middle Ages and Eastern civilizations. The artist paints over-sized figures and portraits, accentuating dramatic proportions, yet maintaining a gracefulness in their body language. Using a jewel-toned palette of indigo blue, red, gold and silver he adorns the figures with magnificently embellished costumes. Roc-Roussey's unique signature style is to place these spectacular images upon a tumultuous, yet undefined backdrop
Roc Roussey lives in his own world of imagination, full of enigmatic people. The subjects in his paintings are often big, and as they are of unrealistic proportions, they tend to arouse our suspicions. The faces of the subjects seem to be masked, wanting to remain anonymous, with no identity. Yet, they tell a thousand stories; very often, it is the same face that we see throughout. The diversity is in the body language and theatrical costumes that seduce as well as fascinate the viewer. Roc Roussey uses beautiful fabrics to stylize the costumes of the subjects in a baroque style.The human race has been fighting and struggling from the very dawn of time. We can witness this struggle in Roc Roussey's paintings. The warriors he portrays think of their actions as being heroic and for the good of mankind, but not realizing self destruction is imminent, if the fighting continues.Like life, his compositions are ironic. They show us the fragility of the world which is invisible yet apparent. There is no backdrop in his paintings, yet the background exudes a sense of tumult. Roc Roussey mocks the world because of our inability to understand that war and fighting cannot bring about anything good.
All is not lost though. Roc Roussey injects comedy into his compositions and his characters are caricatures. He hopes to bring the world together, to help find a common thread of cohesion.