This website is a place of initiation, an invitation to discover the Art of Life.

Its name pays tribute to the dragonfly, our universal emblem, evocative of the perpetual motion of Life. Indeed, Nature lies at the Centre of everything and brings us back to our own Centre.

Throughout my projects, I have always aspired to create and to convey this Art of Life. I wished to break with tradition in order to form today this ecosystem of well-being, while respecting Nature and its cycles, the land, the Men – farmers, artisans, artists, producers and freethinkers… – and the beautiful know-how.

Through the Domaine des Etangs, located in the Charente Limousine region, a place of Life and of well-being spread over 2,500 acres, in equilibrium between the Sky and the Earth.

Through the Collection Dragonfly, a universal and universalist collection of contemporary and ethnic art, minerals, objects and books, all channelling a message of wisdom, knowledge and heritage.

Through Créations Dragonfly, a line of objects that place the spotlight on the know-how of artisans, respectful of time and of natural resources. Through books, a selection of products and objects related to Nature and its observation, as well as specialties by local producers… which will soon complement the range.

And, today, through opening this “window”, dragonfly.fr, which will, I hope, reach your heart and your eyes, perhaps fill you with wonder, make you smile and, above all, reconnect you with the essential principles of Nature.

« The First Art is Nature and Life. »

Garance Primat, Dedicated Creative Entrepreneur

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Crotale du temple, 2018

Jean-Marie Appriou
Cast aluminium
36 x 215 x 120 cm

THE ARTWORK

Whether it goes by the name Crotale du temple, Python à lèvres blanches, Stalagmite, Stalactite or Snake 1, the snake, a symbol of primal force, intimate with the energies of the Earth, is a recurring figure in the phantasmagorical world of the sculptor.

It might have left Eden, and undoubtedly the temple of Penang in Malaysia where it usually resides, to come and inhabit new mental landscapes, with its undulating charm, its mystical vibration. And watch over instincts, inner worlds and the intensity of human urges.

THE ARTIST

He chose sculpture at the beginning of his studies at the Beaux-Arts de Rennes fine arts school in 2010.

Large formats appeal to him, likewise the possibility to formalize a world in its entirety. He decided to devote himself to this, progressively bringing to the fore works whose consistency is both headstrong and dreamy, whose symbolic profusion is unheard of. He defines an in-between world in tones of dull, sooty or silver greys, produced primarily in cast aluminium. A technique he became familiar with like one enters into love. In this strange mercury-hued, mineral and calcified daydream, each character, beast or creature, is invested with a role. The story he has in mind evolves with him: there is the beekeeper, the astronaut, the bather, the flute-playing child, the bow woman. In the setting he chooses for them. Wave, forest, row of maize. He invents a theatre, a stage open to all his visions, whether hailing from the films and comics by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the painted faces of the pre-Raphaelites, the Breton crosses from the villages of his childhood, the Nabis, the Gustave Moreau museum, the landscapes by Arnold Böcklin... His visions are numerous, transversal, timeless, animal. They in turn pollinate and contaminate the gaze and the mind. He explains: “When I sculpt a butterfly or a shell, I do so honestly.” His commitment to matter, tangible in the flesh of his production, his ambition to reveal the authenticity of dreams, endow his creations with their distinctive style.

Exhibition La Lumière des Mondes (The Light of the worlds)
From 23rd May to 15th Decembre 2019
Under the creative guidance of Garance Primat
Curators: Hervé Mikaeloff et Ingrid Pux.