Philippe Pasqua

Artworks

Philippe Pasqua

Stella, Philippe Pasqua, 2014

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Le couple de rhinocéros, Philippe Pasqua, 2017

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Sans titre, Philippe Pasqua, 2014

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Olivier en bronze, Philippe Pasqua, 2017

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Crâne aux papillons, Philippe Pasqua, 2014

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Face Off, Philippe Pasqua, 2016

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Philippine, Philippe Pasqua, 2014

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Coupelle de vanités, Philippe Pasqua, 2017

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Sans titre, Philippe Pasqua, 2014

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Biography

Born in Grasse in 1965, self-taught French sculptor and painter Philippe Pasqua began painting at the age of 17 after being deeply struck by a reproduction of one of Francis Bacon’s paintings. The influence of Lucian Freud's work also helped construct his vision of a world of troubled and troubling characters, their faces marked or misshapen. The fragility of the madman and the difference of disability are recurring themes that haunt his work.

As a sculptor, he has been exploring the topic of vanitas since 1987. His concern: to find the essence of humanity through what remains of it beyond life.

He works on representing the material that composes it, the cladding of flesh and bone as mortal as it is timeless: the eternity of the matrix. According to Pasqua: "The skeleton, the skull, it is precisely what I can never see or paint but what carries the flesh."

The artist’s powerful style, both in painting and sculpture, asserts itself in a fantastical and esoteric universe that transcends a child's anguish at the violence of the world, their questioning of the beauty in the ugly, their incomprehension before the irreversible destruction of nature underway.

Over the years, Pasqua has established himself as a major artist on the international cultural scene. His thought-provoking art impresses and disrupts. His works are on display all over the world, in New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, Mexico City, London and Hamburg. Since his first show in Paris in 1990, he has had international exhibitions in the United States, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, London, Israel, Lebanon and Italy. Testifying to the interest he creates, his work has been featured in publications including Le Monde Magazine, the New York Times, Current Art, Vogue Brazil, T echnikart specials and others.

Pasqua uses his art to explore the palette of his emotions and give them a collective dimension. With his acute gaze, he pierces the tumult of history, going from ancient times to breaking news. He speaks of the depletion of the earth, species disappearing, as well as the grandeur of the universe.

His paintings tell the story of humanity. Ugliness and beauty intersect and his models become icons: disabled children, transgender people, prostitutes or his own family members. All reflect the universal. The intensity of their gazes, the strength of their expressions permeate his paintings. On a technical level,Pasqua displays the same mastery of his distinct style whether drawing or painting, in collage or sculpture.

In 1999, Pasqua took up the concept of vanitas in sculpture: he interpreted the subject of the
human skull, which he adorned with precious materials and fragile butterflies. The ephemeral and the inconstancy of existence are confronted with the eternal.

In the last couple years, the evolution of the world and its species has become the subject of the artist’s concerns. The theories of Darwin of contemporary scientists, connected with the notion of the sacred - almost the religious - have inspired such works as Golgotha and the Last Supper.

 

Exhibitions

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

  • Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, presenting the ‘Mâchoire de Mégalodon’, Monaco

2012

  • Damien Hirst vs Philippe Pasqua SKULL, Laurent Strouk Gallery, Paris, France
  • Plaisir, Gallery RX, Paris, France

2011

  • Drawing now, Gallery RX, Paris, France
  • Art Paris, Gallery RX, Paris, France
  • Art Miami, Gallery RX, Paris, France

2010

  • Newera, Gallery RX, Paris, France
  • Pasqua - McQuinn, Singapore
  • Art Paris, Gallery RX, France
  • FIAC, Patrick Painter, Paris, France
  • Maillol Museum, Paris, France
  • Vanité, Maillol Museum, Paris, France

2009

  • Monumental sculptures at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, Art Paris, Gallery RX, Paris, France - FIAC, Patrick Painter, Paris, France
  • FRIEZE, Patrick Painter, London, UK

2008

  • Art Paris, Gallery RX, Paris, France
  • FIAC, Patrick Painter, Paris, France
  • FRIEZE, Patrick Painter, London, UK

2006

  • Soutine and Modern Art, Chem & Read Gallery, New York, United States

2005

  • Quintessence, Gallery RX, Paris, France
  • Hengevoss Dükop Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • Au-delà du corps, Contemporary Art Biennale, Aixe-sur-Vienne, France
  • A3, Place Saint-Sulpice, curated by Sophie Actis, Paris, France

2004

  • Beyond Paradise, Gallery RX invited to the Hengevoss Dürkop Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • ARTissima, Turin, Italy. Gallery RX, Paris, France

2002

  • Inauguration, Gallery RX, Paris, France

2001

  • Face off, Aeroplastics-Damasquine Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

  • 7th Istanbul Contemporary Art Biennale, Turkey

2000

  • Narcisse Blessé, Passage du Retz, curated by Jean-Michel Ribettes, Paris, France
  • Collages d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, Lucien Durand-Le Gaillard Gallery, Paris, France

1999

  • Fétiches, Fétichismes, Passage du Retz, curated by Jean-Michel Ribettes, Paris, France
  • Naço & Friends, Espace Via, Paris, France
  • FIAC, Paris
  • Lucien Durand-Le Gaillard Gallery, Paris, France
  • Art London, Stephen Lacey Gallery, London, UK

1998

  • 80 artistes autour du Mondial, Enrico Navarra Gallery, feat. Jeff Koons, Rotella, César, Matta, Clemente, Nam June Paik, Kenny and others, Paris, France
  • Hygiène, Espace d’Art Yvonamor Palix, feat. Orlan, Aziz + Cuccher, Sandy Skoglund, Steve Miller and others, Mexico & Paris, France
  • Hygiène, La Source Foundation, La Gueroulde, France
  • Ahrenberg Collection: 50 ans d’histoire de l’art, Museum of Fine Arts, Mons, Belgium
  • ARCO, Madrid, Spain
  • Moscow Art Fair, Russia
  • Chicago Art Fair, United States, with Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix Art Space, Paris, France
  • FIAC, Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix and Nathalie Seroussi Gallery, Paris, France

1997

  • 3 visions de l’art contemporain français, Martini Gallery, Hong Kong, China
  • EXPO ARTE, Guadalajara, Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix, Mexico
  • FIAC, Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix, Paris, France

1994

  • Association Aides, Espace Cardin, Paris, France
  • Chaussures d’artistes, Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

1992

  • Salon des Grands et jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France

1990

  • Maison des Arts de Beausset, Beausset, France
  • ART16, London’s Global Art Fair, Olympia London with Gallery RX, London, UK
  • Winter, Gallery RX, Paris, France

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • Borderline, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Monaco

  • Recomposition, Gallery RX, Paris

2015

  • Domain of Chambord, France

2013

  • Philippe Pasqua, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore

2012

  • Fernet-Branca Foundation, Saint-Louis, France
  • Gallery RX, Paris, France
  • Art Revolution Taipei, Taiwan
  • Work in Progress, THE STORAGE, Paris, France
  • Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011

  • 604 Gallery, Busan, Korea
  • Art Paris, Laurent Strouk Gallery, Paris, France

2010

  • The Storage, Saint-Ouen l’Aumône, France
  • Palimpsestes, Laurent Strouk Gallery, Paris, France
  • Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
  • Stiftung Ahlers Pro Arte, Hannover, Germany
  • Crâne, ArtCurial, Paris, France
  • Painting and Drawing, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia

2009

  • Ahlers Foundation, Hannover, Germany
  • Crâne, Art Curial, Paris, France

2007

  • Pulsion, Gallery RX, Paris, France

2006

  • Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles, US
  • Spike Gallery, New York, United States

2005

  • Metz Cultural Centre, Metz, France

2004

  • Métamorphoses, Gallery RX, Paris, France

2003

  • Hengevoss Dürkop-Jensen Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

  • Lucille, Gallery RX, Paris, France

2002

  • Les miroirs de l’âme (Portraits 1989-2001), Palais Bénédictine, curated by Erick Oge, Fécamp, France. - Bloc Portrait, Hengevoss-Dürkop Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2001

  • Trauma, Hengevoss Dürkop-Jensen Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

1999

  • Lucien Durand Gallery, Paris, France
  • La Machine à Eau, Mons Contemporary Art Centre, Mons, Belgium

1998

  • Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix, Mexico City, Mexico

1996

  • Boulakia Gallery, Paris, France

1995

  • Château de Grouchy, France
  • Espace Dautzenberg, Brussels, Belgium
  • The International Center, Detroit, United States

1991

  • Woo Mang and Partners Gallery, Paris, France

1990

  • Espace Confluence, Paris, France

 

 

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