Using the empty beaches as a huge canvas with the only help of a rake

My work is characterized a geometry and poetry that makes us stop and reflect on the magic of a moment, our relationship with nature, and the very essence of our beings.


I’m a 42 old french artist living in Biarritz, where I practice an uncommon art , by definition land art, but also what I call “beach art”, a bit compared to street art which is part of my influences. 

Using a rake, I draw at low tide huge frescos on the beach.

It is a way for me to turn a usual place, naturally, to disseminate a thought, get people to look at their environment in a different way and make them ask questions. 

My work is characterized a geometry and poetry that makes us stop and reflect on the magic of a moment, our relationship with nature, and the very essence of our beings.

It is also an area of expression beyond standard that few media can provide. 

I actually drew in 11 countries and more than 60 different beaches.

My work is double since once the sand drawing is completed, I took shots in the different angles that gives me the cliff overlooking the beach before the tide erases all within hours. I try to capture nature’s fleeting, ephemeral beauty. create a certain atmosphere in the picture, improve the poetry and create a real second artwork.
Part of this large work is collected in a series of  photos digitally printed  on brushed aluminum for the specific light, produced in limited copies.
I hope you will enjoy them and find the beauty everywhere around you.

  1. Time laps of me creating a arabic style mandala on a moroccan beach

    Sam Dougados

  2. Flysch

    Sam Dougados

    Inspired by my surrounding, here in Spain, an amazing beach also seen in Game of Throne.

  3. Joystick

    Sam Dougados

    Playing with the elements

  4. Marostar

    Sam Dougados

    Lne of my favorite beach in Morocco.
    Sand drawing improvised, inspired by arabic design

  5. Starfog

    Sam Dougados

    I improvised this geometric drawing inspired by the layers of the rocks of this beach, close to where I live

  6. Impuissance

    Sam Dougados

    "We can't stop the waves, but we can learn to surf"!

  7. Straturisme

    Sam Dougados

    I guess we can see many things..what do you think?

  8. Starbird

    Sam Dougados

    On of my last beach art in march 2019 during my trip in Morocco

  9. Kleyk

    Sam Dougados

    30-40mn to improvise this drawing before the first waves start to eat it!

  10. Geosigns

    Sam Dougados

    Matter of shape

  11. Voyage en Land art

    Sam Dougados

    A video of me working on a tifinagh calligraphy from Moulid Nidouissadan in Essaouira


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