Troy Dugas

Exhibition Dates: October 4 – October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4 from 6–9 pm, in conjunction with Art for Arts’ Sake
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of cut paper assemblages by Troy Dugas. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from October 4 – October 25, 2014. The gallery will host an opening reception, with the artist in attendance, on Saturday, October 4 from 6-9 pm in conjunction with Art for Arts’ Sake.

Radiant Yellow Flower, 2014. Product labels and acrylic on wood panel. 60 x 48 inches.

Radiant Yellow Flower, 2014.
Product labels and acrylic on wood panel. 60 x 48 inches.

This exhibition, Troy Dugas’ fourth with the gallery, includes the artist’s familiar, meticulously created mandala-like compositions as well as evolved works incorporating paint in synthesized large-scale portrait and still life assemblages. Shredded product labels in golds, reds and browns are intricately arranged to form mesmerizing works reminiscent of mosaic patterns and stained glass. Others form rhythmic, kaleidoscopic shapes with juxtaposed brightly colored labels.

Troy Dugas is inspired by the decorative symbolism, mysticism and integration of art and daily life as presented in the works from the Nabis movement of the late 1800s. The artist cites the patterns, compositions and figural depictions in the work of Édouard Vuillard as specifically resonant. This inspiration is particularly evident in his recent, evolutionary portraits and still lifes of figures situated with plants in vases composed in blues and greens as well as radiant flowers in yellows and purples.

Regardless of the composition, the consumerist nature of the source material is sublimated through the use of repetition, pattern and symmetry and the reinterpretation of color, shape and line.

Troy Dugas is a native of Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and his Master of Fine Art from the Pratt Institute in New York. His work is in several collections including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, California. He has been featured in numerous publications including Open Studios Press’ juried publication New American Paintings, the inaugural issue of Studio Visit Magazine (also a juried publication), the New Orleans Art Review, and David Rubin’s book “Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s.” In 2012, Dugas was included in the Oxford American Magazine article “The New Superstars of Southern Art.”  He has received numerous accolades including a fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the 2009-2010 Pollock-Krasner Grant.