For many artists, creation cannot be controlled, it is essential. Resident of Besançon Philippe Dias was 6 years old when he knew “he wanted to draw and do it as his job”. For this admirer of Pasqua, Combs and Dave White, painting came to him much later, because it was in 2009 that he bought his first canvas to teach himself through the portrait of a bull, that was sold at his first exhibition, with mixed emotions for the painter; “happy” that he had made his first sale and “sad” at the idea of separating from his first work.
In the meantime, his regrets have passed and his palette has become denser. Through his favourite subjects, both fantasy (Star Wars, Marvel, etc) or animals, in his portraits we feel an underlying power, which stands alongside the soft appearance and the desire to testify to what may one day no longer exist. He paints most of the time in acrylic, but does not hesitate to mix his paint with ballpoint pen, chalk or Chinese ink or even felt markers.
If the maturing of the subject is often long, the execution is fast for this portraitist “who drifted towards the movement”, who paints whilst listening to music and never for more than ten minutes, leaving to return to the work after reflection. After an introduction to classical material in pencil, the first layer, drawn generally in highlighter, gives the impression of light to finish with a happy mixture chosen in an instinctive way.
A single master-word summarises the entirety: emotion.