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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From Earth, 2015

herman de vries
Ground soil on paper

70 x 50 cm

THE ARTWORK

Walking on colours. Treading the rainbow. Embracing the surprise at one’s feet, the gift of down-to-earth colours.

For Herman de Vries, nature is a work of art which he merely passes on. His sole ambition is to give it a frame. In From Earth, he sprinkles a small amount of earth onto a sheet of paper. Then, with his fingertips, he spreads it and lets the colour seep into the paper. Pad on pulp. A simple gesture. A minimal intervention to respect and reveal nature. Purely and wholeheartedly.

The Artist

His studio is outdoors. The work has already been accomplished. There it is, within one’s gaze and one’s reach. herman de vries sees nature, experiences it. His approach consists in sharing this experience, by rendering it as loyally as possible, with neither intervention nor transformation.

To achieve this, he collects, samples, displays what already exists, has grown, withstood the seasons and the years. From his trips outdoors, he thus brings back the diversity of forms and
colours on offer. His ambition to collect the earth, to constitute a museum in its honour developed with his expeditions outside, until he formed a catalogue containing over 8,000 hues, that constantly grows and that the viewers add to by simply contemplating it. The winter vegetation, the shape of bamboos, of leaves or the huge variety of stones, everything is conducive to the fulfilment of the plan he has set for himself : namely to renew the immediacy between nature and Man, to be aware of the sense of belonging and of the necessary connection, by shedding a new light on earth matters
with the aid of art. A sanctified presence at the time of Anthropocene. Born in 1931 in the Netherlands, his life as an artist began in 1953, following horticultural training and research work in scientific institutions. During those years, he learned to compare, to recount the data specific to each species studied, to objectively lay out their distinctive features, and this approach still distinguishes his practice and his quest today. The art of cultivating the love of the world and of passing on its poetry.

Exhibition Poussières d’étoiles (Stardust)
From 26th May to 15th Decembre 2018
Under the creative guidance of Garance Primat Curators: Hervé Mikaeloff et Ingrid Pux