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  Dominic Rouse

Dominic Rouse's toned black and white surrealist images comprise the human form (or parts thereof), interiors (ecclesiastical and otherwise) and occasional landscapes, inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka and Philip Larkin with obeisance due to M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.
Exhibitions & Awards
Dominic's work has been exhibited in the UK and USA and in September 2001 goes on show in Zurich as part of a Frames Gallery exhibition. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his commercial work and was a winner of the International Digital Exhibition Awards (IDEA) in 1999 & 2000. Publications include Photo Art International, Digital Photo Art, Creative Photography, The Photographer, Image, Lenswork (USA) and a book 'Haunted by a Painter's Ghost' is due out in Spring 2002 published by Edition Stemmle in Switzerland.
A recent review in the american Denver Post described his work as 'wonderfully elegant and witty.......what might have resulted if Rene Magritte had tried his hand at nude photography.'
Prints Traditional silver gelatin hand-toned archival prints made from 4" x 5" negatives; a process requiring two development baths and a controlled bleaching which selectively prepares the shadows, mid-tones and highlights for the toning agent. This latter process not only tones the print but enhances its archival qualities by adding thio-carbomide permanence to the remaining silver.
Prints are on 20" x 24" paper in a limited edition of eight and 16" x 20" paper in an edition of sixteen.

The Benham Gallery has available a limited number of prints by Dominic Rouse. We believe art is best sold on a one-to-one basis and will generally provide any reasonable information about the arist, including the artist's resume, background, and the availability of books and prints for sale. The Benham Gallery accepts most major payment types and transactions can be carried out by e-mail, phone, mail, or better yet - by stopping by in person so we can familiarize you with the the work. The pictures on this site are no match compared to seeing the real thing in person.

The dying artist's statement:

Waiting For The Past
He opened his sewered mind unguardedly And rats the size of childhood fears Rummaged through empty cupboards Lined with the past's unhappy news. Truth, that bastard of eternity, Dripped from a rusty hanger; mothballed, Outmoded, death-trapped and creased, Do-goodingly given to the needy.
Through the airless grill he clearly saw The narrow path that led to the summit, Mist-hidden from the fading sun, And lined with the crucified fools Who had tempted him with rack and ruin Wrapped prettily as fame and fortune.
Beware-signs seen too late, they hung Pointing where he should not have gone. Estate-agents still misleading him With half-truths about the views Though it pained them to speak. Financial lizards, innumerate now But for the hum of lap-top mendacity, Omniscient softwares that promised Evergreen lawns and perennial cruises To half-employed, unwaged, losers Fearing wheelchaired hospice futures.
And he wondered if they too had Planned for these chill autumnal years Nailed now between their outstretched hands With policies beyond redemption Maturity dates long past and still A guaranteed amount of inflation-proof hell.
But saw in their fears they had not, Heard in their screams the arrears They had gorged from others' profits. Unable to bear their failures Which were by default his own, He turned his back on the mountain That he must one day surely climb, And faced the one-room hovel That housed his bitter past.

Dominic Rouse 1996


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