Detroit-based art gallery Galerie Camille is debuting a new exhibition full of gritty, mystical, and psychological paintings this month. The pieces in Traveling Mind are inspired by images from books, magazines, newspapers, and world events.
The painter behind the art, Michel Erussard, will have his work on display by appointment from Nov. 20-Dec. 19. There will be an opening reception on the first day from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. with one-hour viewings.
Erussard, who was born in France but has lived in Michigan since 1990, is an avid reader who immerses himself in art history, literature, world politics, and poetry. The gallery says you’ll be able to see this passion through the writing that appears on many of his paintings.
“My recent work has been influenced by Aloysius Bertrand. He was a romantic poet of the early 19th century,” Erussard says. “I love his short stories or prose poems, set in a medieval dreamland. They belong to the realm of the fantastic, of the long-ago past, and of the made-up existence of the theater which I always try to express in my work.”
The North Coast of Brittany, France, and the area’s Celtic culture have a strong influence on Erussard’s work as well. The artist is also inspired by the colors and ambiance of the countries he has lived in, including Spain, Columbia, Mexico, and Argentina.
Located at 4130 Cass Ave., Galerie Camille curates local and international contemporary art. Masks are required in the gallery, and social distancing must be observed. Hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.