PAUL ROUSSO




"I have gone to great lengths to maximize the archival possibilities of ephemera - the printed word and page - a dominion we are about to leave behind forever."


Paul Rousso, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina was born in 1958. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio before being sidelined by a too-close encounter with a power saw. Rousso’s period of convalescence turned into a months-long stint in New York City, where he found work as a member of an interior design team drawing plans for the home of Robert De Niro. After completing his B.F.A. in 1981 at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, Rousso was hired by Warner Brothers as a scenic painter for films. He went on to serve as an art director and illustrator for Revlon, Clairol, Condé Nast, and Bloomingdale’s before becoming a full-time artist.

Paul Rousso uses heat infusion on polystyrene to create hyper-realistic, hyper-sized, sculptures of everyday print objects. Advances in technology have enabled him to delve into the heat-tempered sculpting of the world’s ephemera in surprising ways. Through exaggerations of size, Rousso places such familiar items as a crumpled-up ten-dollar bill or a bubble gum wrapper on the same relative plane as the viewer. Rousso’s art speaks to the conversion of physical objects and the effect of that transformation on the viewer. He points out that, “all this stuff is going away,” and as the ink and paper era is drawing to a close, Rousso wants you to take a good long look.


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New York Times Swirl #1 by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

New York Times Swirl #1, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

51 x 47 x 4 in (129.54 x 119.38 x 10.16 cm)

The Tomato Soup Eight by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

The Tomato Soup Eight, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

21 x 15 x 7 in (53.34 x 38.10 x 17.78 cm)

Untitled 5 by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Untitled 5, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

46 x 79 x 6 in (116.84 x 200.66 x 15.24 cm)

Too Blue by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Too Blue, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

49 x 71 x 4 in (124.46 x 180.34 x 10.16 cm)

Stars and Stripes by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Stars and Stripes, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

40 x 59 x 5 in (101.60 x 149.86 x 12.70 cm)

A Global Affair by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

A Global Affair, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

60 x 87 x 10 in (152.40 x 220.98 x 25.40 cm)

Untitled 3 by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Untitled 3, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

45 x 79 x 6 in (114.30 x 200.66 x 15.24 cm)

An Open Book by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

An Open Book, 2020

Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic

50 x 57.50 x 9 in (127 x 146.05 x 22.86 cm)

Vogues Hommes 11-93 by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Vogues Hommes 11-93, 2019

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

36 x 73 x 7 in (91.44 x 185.42 x 17.78 cm)

The Displeased Benjamin by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

The Displeased Benjamin, 2020

Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic

41 x 73 x 8 in (104.14 x 185.42 x 20.32 cm)

A Cerulean Dream by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

A Cerulean Dream, 2018

Mixed Media on Hand-Sculpted Acrylic

50 x 64 in (127 x 162.56 cm)

New York Times Swirl #3 by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

New York Times Swirl #3, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

51 x 49 x 4 in (129.54 x 124.46 x 10.16 cm)

Red Flirtations by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Red Flirtations, 2019

Mixed media on hand-sculpted acrylic

48 x 53 x 7 in (121.92 x 134.62 x 17.78 cm)

Jasper's Texas by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Jasper's Texas, 2019

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

46 x 53 x 9 in (116.84 x 134.62 x 22.86 cm)

A New Perspective on Old Money by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

A New Perspective on Old Money, 2019

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

67 x 49 x 9 in (170.18 x 124.46 x 22.86 cm)

Rogue Wave by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Rogue Wave, 2019

Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic

47 x 66 x 8 in (119.38 x 167.64 x 20.32 cm)

Planet Red by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Planet Red

Mixed media on hand-sculpted acrylic

49 x 77 x 5.50 in (124.46 x 195.58 x 13.97 cm)

Composition with Kit-Kat by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Composition with Kit-Kat, 2019

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

48 x 82 x 9 in (121.92 x 208.28 x 22.86 cm)

Aqua Violet Crush by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Aqua Violet Crush, 2020

Mixed media on hand-sculpted polystyrene

42 x 75 x 7 in (106.68 x 190.50 x 17.78 cm)

Ten Grand by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Ten Grand, 2019

Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic

16 x 20 x 5 in (40.64 x 50.80 x 12.70 cm)

Five Hundred for Fun by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Five Hundred for Fun, 2020

Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic

12.50 x 24 x 3.50 in (31.75 x 60.96 x 8.89 cm)

Funhouse by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Funhouse, 2020

Mixed Media on Hand Sculpted Acrylic

30 x 44.50 x 5 in (76.20 x 113.03 x 12.70 cm)

Feeling a Little Blue by Paul Rousso

Paul Rousso

Feeling a Little Blue, 2019

Mixed Media On Hand Sculpted Acrylic

36 x 38 x 8.50 in (91.44 x 96.52 x 21.59 cm)

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