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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Duy Ahn Nhan Duc

Artiste

“I have a fascination and a deep respect for nature. My creations result from this wonder.”

Duy Anh Nhan Duc

Duy Ahn Nhan Duc was born in Vietnam in 1983. He moved to France at the young age of ten, leaving behind his homeland and its lush greenery. During his adolescence, the artist focused on drawing luxuriant landscapes to try to reconnect with the vegetation he had known before. His Rotring drawings were illustrations of a fantasy world dominated by a surreal and poetic nature.
The artist soon felt the need to integrate solid matter, form, smell, and colour into his works to surpass the limits of drawing and representation.

A true botanical artist, Duy Anh Nhan Duc chose plants as the main medium of his works and used nature to create his palette.

In the 2000s, the artist produced multiple installations to bring life, light, and oxygen into cities. Whether he experimented with vegetation on telephone booths, designed objects in wheat shoots or revisited the Japanese tradition of apple marking, the artist used living materials to produce ephemeral works of art. Duy Anh Nhan Duc then developed a drying technique that allowed him to conserve plants and create sustainable works, which he presents in the form of herbaria, sculptures or compositions.
The essence of the artist's approach is to understand the structure of the plant without altering it, which allows him to sublimate each of them without changing its nature. Ritually, the artist's work is divided into several immutable stages, beginning with an immersion in nature and the search for an intriguing plant. Next, in order to understand the cycle and evolution of the plant, he studies it for several months.
Finally, when the plant elements have been collected and conserved, a long period of contemplation ensues, during which the artist attempts to capture the emotion brought forth by the plant:

“It must yield its secrets to me,” says the artist “and tell me stories.