Olivier Dassault


Olivier Dassault travels the world extensively and his photographic assemblages become his travel logs. At first glance reality is almost imperceptible. It’s only after repeated views do the observer start to see the source material.

His steadfast allegiance to traditional photography and his love for his 40- year-old Minolta allow Olivier to create the most surprising superimposed works. “I like to create mutations between reality and its replica, and to reveal a new creative aesthetic by my choice of angles and composition.” Olivier Dassault physically manipulates his camera to develop his unique brand if expressionism.

“As with philosophy, the notion of abstraction implies three specific procedures: analysis, decomposition and conception. This is instinctively how I work.” The result is an exploration of form and composition that aesthetically aligns itself with the great painters of the genre.

The name Dassault belongs to a select list of families that have made France’s reputation: from the aviation industry to new technologies, from motion picture production to the international press industry, from fine art to fine wine, and from charities that the Dassault family supports, to those it initiates. As an aviation aficionado, Olivier passed his professional IFR Pilot license and has since broken several world flight airspeed records.