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Philippe
PASQUA
Painter Sculptor
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Philippe Pasqua is a French painter and sculptor born in 1965 in Grasse, France. He started painting at the age of eighteen, making his works with recuperated materials such as painting for buildings.

Pasqua employs different techniques in his work,mainly painting, drawing and most recently sculpture. A self-taught artist, Pasqua sets himself apart from the crowd with his singular figurative painting. His paintings actually have a physical shock impact on viewers, with their surgically precise vision. His view of people and the world seizes the attention of those who see his paintings and shakes them up: faces and nude bodies materialize in colors and all sincerity, revealing the raw vulnerability of the human being. Skin takes on special importance in his works, and the viewer sees and senses tensions, muscles, and even moods. His subjects are for the most part the mentally retarded, prostitutes, transvestites, the blind, or even patients emerging from the operating room.

Philippe Pasqua also works as a sculptor of human skulls as well as hippopotamus skulls. He has made the theme of Vanity, so superficial in itself, a subject of thorough exploration since 1987. After having studied the flesh for a long time, the artist concentrates on the reality of bones. He collects human skulls, which he covers in gold or silver leaf. They are reinforced by tattoed animal skins reppresenting designs of flowers and legendary creatures such as dragons, or blots of liquid paint. His final step in operating on his skulls is the addition of flocks of naturalistic butterflies. Philippe Pasqua has also recently become interested in cars, with the goal of metamorphizing them: the car is totally covered by reinforced tattoed skin and then attached to a wall. The car is thus seen as a sculptural mural or painting in relief. In these works, he incorporates a variety of themes, including speed and immobility, the mechanical and the organic, as well as danger and sensuality.

In 2010, he set up "The Storage", a space dedicated to both individual and group artistic experimentation. Comparable to a laboratory or museum, "The Storage" is a place in which ideas are developped, leading to artistic creation to be shown and exhibited, all on the same premises.

Influences

Francis Bacon
Jenny Saville
Lucian Freud
Pop art

Major works

  • Vanité Aux Papillons

Exhibitions

  • 2013
    Art Stage, Singapore, Singapore
  • 2010
    Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • 2010
    Maillol Museum, Paris, France
  • 2009
    ArtCurial, Paris, France
  • 2009

    Stitfung Ahlers Pro Arte, Hannover, Germany

  • 2009
    Maillol Museum, Paris, France
  • 2005
    Cultural Centre of Metz, Metz, France
  • 2002
    Palais Bénédictine, Fécamp, France
  • 1999
    Contemporary Art Centre, Mons, Belgium
  • 1998
    Yvonamor Palix Art space, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1995
    Grouchy's castle, Osny, France
  • 1995
    Dautzenberg space, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1995
    The international centre, Detroit, USA
  • 1994
    Cardin space, Paris, France
  • 1994
    Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1994
    La Source Foundation, La Guéroulde, France
  • 1994
    Museum of Fine Arts, Mons, Belgium
  • 1990
    Confluence space, Paris, France
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