Philippe Roussel found his dedication to creating art in drawing and sketches on paper. The artist is passionate about archaeology and ancient civilisations and, after painting the landscapes of his childhood, he became fascinated by mosaics and bas-reliefs at a young age. He reproduced them with great pencil strokes and developed a spontaneous and energetic style.
At the age of 20, Philippe Roussel moved away from purely figurative art and opted for acrylic, applied with a palette knife, moving towards painting he describes as "semi-abstract, " a style that is more personal and more intuitive. The artist, greatly influenced by the Masters of cubism such as Picasso with his Indian ink works, as well as Tapiés, and tells his story through symbols. Thus, writing began to figure in his works, alongside landscapes, everyday objects, animals, elements of nature, encounters and historical accounts.
Witnesses of a path and a life, Philippe Roussel's canvases are storms in which lights, visions, materials and colours twist and turn. Marked by nostalgia, his paintings contain tones of ochre, reds, bistre and muted colours, depicting the archaeology of his own memory. In the marble, powder traces emerge, engraved, immutable, like small stones that mark out the viewer's emotional voyage.