Welcome to my art gallery !

 

Following in the footsteps of a travel-friendly family and curious about other cultures, I have always loved stories, such as fairy tales, myths, and epics from all civilizations. I use photography and watercolor to record my travels, common tools for travel diaries, to illustrate my own stories and imagine new ones.

I like making portraits of strangers and exploring what goes on beneath surface. Picking a face when I myself am a stranger in a strange land is like collecting and pinning butterflies, while seeking what connects us. I wonder whether we share the same instincts, fears or desires. I wonder whether stories are all related by a collective subconscious. I wonder about the human mind and the spirit behind art, so that I can forge links between my mind, my story, the stories I want to tell and the stories of others.

 

Here, you will find watercolors inspired from my travels and photos, a collection which I hope to expand as I continue globe-trotting, as well as automatic drawings that are expressions of my subconsciousness and results of meditations.

Click on the images to see more information about each individual artwork. If you are curious for more information, please feel free to share your questions with me.

 

Key sources of inspiration and influence: Japanese art, mangas, Carl Jung’s Red Book, Tim Burton’s drawings, surrealism, orientalism, travel diaries (Eugène Delacroix, David Roberts), the 2007 Guggenheim exhibition on Spanish painting, the Swedish spirit painter Hilma af Klint...     

2019

Green reader
Green reader

Watercolor 20 x 20 cm

Japanese bride
Japanese bride

Watercolor 20 x 20 cm

Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake

Black pen drawing 29,7 x 42 cm © Melissa Damour 2019

Bunny Heaven
Bunny Heaven

Black pen automatic drawing 30 x 30 cm © Melissa Damour 2019

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2018

Maasai Portrait
Maasai Portrait

Watercolor 20 x 20 cm Woman from a Maasai village, between Ngorongoro Park and Karatu, in Tanzania Original artwork sold - Prints still available © Melissa Damour 2018

Maasai Hunter
Maasai Hunter

Watercolor 20 x 20 cm Man from a Maasai village, between Ngorongoro Park and Karatu, in Tanzania © Melissa Damour 2018

Arusha Woman
Arusha Woman

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Woman seen in an Arusha market, in Tanzania Original artwork sold - Prints still available © Melissa Damour 2018

Maasai Woman
Maasai Woman

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Woman from a Maasai village, between Ngorongoro Park and Karatu, in Tanzania © Melissa Damour 2018

Maasai Guide
Maasai Guide

Watercolor 20x20cm Our guide at Oduvai camp, Tanzania © Melissa Damour 2018

Kamakura Dancer
Kamakura Dancer

20 x 20 cm Watercolor Ceremonial dancer, Kamakura, Japan in 2012 © Melissa Damour 2018

Blue Sumo
Blue Sumo

20 x 20 cm Watercolor and gouache Sumo walking to his match, based from a photograph taken in Tokyo, 2012 Original artwork sold - Prints still available © Melissa Damour 2018

Indian Spearman
Indian Spearman

20 x 20 cm Watercolor Sikh man seen by Gandhi's tomb in New Delhi Original artwork sold - Prints still available © Melissa Damour 2018

White Musician
White Musician

Watercolor on paper 20 x 20 cm Portrait of a musician from Rajasthan, India This artwork will be on sale at the Salon 111, Lyon, from 22 November to 2 December 2018 © Melissa Damour 2018

Pink Lady
Pink Lady

Watercolor on paper 20 x 20 cm Portrait of a woman with her lunch, Rajasthan, India This artwork will be on sale at the Salon 111, Lyon, from 22 November to 2 December 2018 © Melissa Damour 2018

2017

Goatherder
Goatherder

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Goatherder on the road, Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2017

Green Rice Carrier
Green Rice Carrier

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Portrait of a woman, Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2017

Orange Reader
Orange Reader

Watercolor 20 x 20 cm Portrait of a man reading under a temple alcove. Rajasthan, India This artwork will be on sale at the Salon 111, Lyon, from 22 November to 2 December 2018. Original artwork sold - Prints still available © Melissa Damour 2017

Holy Man
Holy Man

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Portrait of a man, Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2017

Orange Waterpot Lady
Orange Waterpot Lady

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Portrait of a woman on the road, Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2017

Pink Lady
Pink Lady

Watercolor 24 x 30 cm Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2017

Lion Heart
Lion Heart

Ink 14,8 x 21 cm Automatic drawing Childhood theme © Melissa Damour 2017

Bark
Bark

Ink 14,8 x 21 cm Automatic drawing Nature theme © Melissa Damour 2017

The Offering
The Offering

Ink 14,8 x 21 cm Automatic drawing When two voices collide and one has to pacify the other. © Melissa Damour 2017

Totems
Totems

Ink 14,8 x 21 cm Automatic drawing Picturing the divine Inspired from motifs I saw in the Himalayas © Melissa Damour 2017

2016

The Cafe
The Cafe

Watercolor Animalization of a Paris café © Melissa Damour 2016

Bus Stop
Bus Stop

Watercolor Animalization of a bus stop at la Chapelle © Melissa Damour 2016

Teatime
Teatime

Watercolor Animalization of a Paris cafe © Melissa Damour 2016

The Square
The Square

Ink Fethiye Mosque near the Athenian agora © Melissa Damour 2016

Verrochio
Verrochio

Watercolor Angel Gabriel from "The Virgin and Child with Two Angels" by Andrea del Verrocchio © Melissa Damour

Leonardo
Leonardo

Watercolor painting Young woman or La Scapigliata © Melissa Damour

Venuses
Venuses

Watercolor Expectations and projections of women past Artwork made for Néfe's 2016 exhibition Marses II © Melissa Damour 2016

The Jaguar
The Jaguar

Watercolor Portraits of my parents based on a wedding photo This was made for their 30th anniversary Not for sale © Melissa Damour 2016

2015

Flower Girl
Flower Girl

Ink drawing 14,8 x 21cm Self portrait, age 3, surrounded by Malaysian flowers, little ghosts and images from childhood © Melissa Damour 2015

Heart Flutter
Heart Flutter

Ink drawing 14,8 x 21cm Self portrait, age 27, with chest full of hummingbirds © Melissa Damour 2015

Love medley
Love medley

Ink drawing Phone case design of all my favorite anime and cartoon characters © Melissa Damour 2015

2014

Coke boy II
Coke boy II

Ink and acrylic on paper Collaborative artwork with Loraine Motti Portrait of a boy at a cemetery in Guadalaja, Mexico, on Dia de los Muertos © Melissa Damour and Loraine Motti 2014

Coke Boy II
Coke Boy II

Ink and acrylic on paper Detail © Melissa Damour and Loraine Motti 2014

2013

The Photographer
The Photographer

Ink Portrait of my brother in Mexico © Melissa Damour 2013

Coke Boy I
Coke Boy I

Ink Portrait of a boy in a cemetery in Guadalaja, Mexico, on Dia de los Muertos © Melissa Damour 2013

Turban'd
Turban'd

Ink Portrait of a Goatherder in Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2013

The Old Timer
The Old Timer

Ink Portrait of an old lady in a market in Mexico © Melissa Damour 2013

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Ink Portrait of a woman standing in front of the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India © Melissa Damour 2013

Flower Lady
Flower Lady

Watercolor and ink 46 x 60 cm Portrait of a woman selling flowers in a street market, Rajasthan India, surrounded by little characters and flowers © Melissa Damour 2013

Flower Girl
Flower Girl

Watercolor and ink 46 x 60 cm Detail © Melissa Damour 2013

Musician
Musician

Watercolor and ink 46 x 60 cm Portrait of a musician, Rajasthan, India © Melissa Damour 2013

Magic Goofy
Magic Goofy

Watercolor and ink 28 x 37 cm Portrait of a boy at Disneyland, Paris © Melissa Damour 2013

Ginger Minnie
Ginger Minnie

Watercolor and ink 28 x 37 cm Portrait of a girl at Disneyland, Paris © Melissa Damour 2013

2010

Blue Owl
Blue Owl

Oil painting Not for sale but prints available © Melissa Damour 2010

Suspicious Owl
Suspicious Owl

Oil painting © Melissa Damour 2010

Rainbow Eye I
Rainbow Eye I

Oil painting © Melissa Damour 2010

Rainbow Eye II
Rainbow Eye II

Oil painting © Melissa Damour 2010

Orange Owl
Orange Owl

Oil painting © Melissa Damour 2010

Little Monsters
Little Monsters

Ink on paper Automatic drawing © Melissa Damour 2010

Monster Swiggles
Monster Swiggles

Ink on paper Automatic drawing Oedipus theme © Melissa Damour 2010

Swiggles
Swiggles

Ink on paper Detail © Melissa Damour 2010