Haunted by a Painter's Ghost
Photography and Symbolism in the Digital Age
Some observations made by viewers and collectors
"Unquestionably he is a master technician and if that were not so, his work would not have the power of persuasion it possesses. It’s his incredible technical finesse that allows us to believe his imagery as well as to just be amazed by it. His technique does not get in the way of his ideas: like a great violinist or pianist - the technique frees us by its brilliance."
"If he lived in the 17th century Dominic Rouse would have been one of the great Dutch Masters who maybe went unrecognized for a few centuries or was ostracized from the guild for the scandal of creating forbidden landscapes."
Iyesha van den Haak, Irvine USA
"..... one of the most interesting photographic artists working today."
"I have thought of myself as a photographer for many years now and from the work I have seen being marketed, I thought I was quite good. But then, I saw your prints. Well, if you and I were painters, your work would be in the Louvre and mine would be, at best, a bright new picket fence. I am completely taken by your photographs. They are mesmerizing works that I have only dreamed of accomplishing."
"These provocative fantasies provide endless opportunities for speculation. They are not only challenging but alluring, as is every Rouse print; an impeccably crafted thing of beauty."
"I have just unpacked the print and am absolutely enthralled by it - the craftsmanship, the emotion laden in the artistry, the pose; I must thank you immensely for producing it!"
"I have always been an admirer of the paintings of Dali, Bosch, Otto Dix and the darker works of Goya made in his later years so I am very proud to have 'Ecce Homo' in my possession. Above all I was blown away by the graphic pain emanating from the print. 'Ecce Homo' will be a source of satisfaction in my home for many years to come."
"...deep and original insights into the human soul."
"Dominic Rouse's art goes further than a prosaic depiction of our world. It undermines our reason and logic and forces us to challenge what we have claimed as 'beauty' . And beyond the subtle textures of his exquisite prints lies that art; dark in tone and rich in the symbols of the unexpected - ornate silver tableaux of undeclared meaning."
"Discovery is important in reading his work: false anticipation may not let discovery take it's own patient course. Interference with the visual discovery process could easily distort the reading of the subtle refinements of the work." E J Emanuel, Governing Board Director, Peninsula Museum of Art, USA
"Your work is most impressive and inspiring. You really have mastered every facet of the whole package, from concept to completion, very very deep...a modern day Picasso and true renaissance man."
"The prints just go to prove why the web is so inadequate - the toning and the quality of your work is really amazing. I feel as if I've entered a bizarre chamber inside Jean Cocteau's head or gone through the mirror in Orphee... the image is settling and disturbing at the same time and that is a quality I appreciate. Pictures should challenge rather than let us get sofa comfortable in their presence. Thank you for the print Dominic, it really is quite extraordinary."
"It was an absolute pleasure to see the actual prints of your work. The quality is truly remarkable and flawless."
"Thank you for the spectacular print!"
"His brilliant imagery is steeped in a refined wit and balanced with the luxuriant tones of his silver gelatin prints. When the medium of digital art is defined, Dominic Rouse, along with Maggie Taylor and Simen Johan, will be one of the artists that we will credit with having paved the way for digital expressionism."
"The tonality of a Dominic Rouse print is quite exquisite. The shadow through highlight detailing and the velvet-like quality of the surface are all masterfully exectuted. His prints have a tactile quality which adds another dimension to his imagery. We can feel the silk of 'Angeline's' ribbons, the smoothness of the pearls sewn into her dress, and the impending danger and grime of her environs."
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