Pascal Geyre

Pascal began by studying drawing and graphic arts. He then joined the School of Fine Arts in Paris to study sculpture and in the late 80s he began painting and exhibiting.
His first subjects were about characters and bullfighting, working them in acrylic and mixing in collage and drawing, followed by a period devoted to sculpture in which he used salvaged wood and metal with characters made of earth. It is in collecting discoveries from the streets (rusty metal, wood) that Pascal’s creations begin; the idea of the work comes to him afterwards. He cuts shapes out of cardboard or forms characters out of earth, which, when painted, polished or coated with paper, are ready to become embedded in the various assemblies of recycled materials. The expressionism of these bodies, associated with reworked objects, highlights the subject matter. The work becomes, through this voluntary composition, an aesthetic contemplation and key to reflection on the human condition.
Today, his painting focuses primarily on landscapes and still life, still using acrylics as the technical basis, which has been enriched over time with additions of different materials. Pascal now tends to a pictorial expression that oscillates between figuration and abstraction, inviting us to gaze and dream more freely on the work. It is a continuation of neo-expressionism: the movement of the late 70s that developed in response to conceptual art and minimalism.
Pascal's painting is more architectural than figurative. He reproduces a mineral state before life, before colour, covered with powerful thrusts of line. The occasional use of an object such as a rock or any item capable of being recognized by the viewer, shows all the better the strength of the first creator. He invites us to feel nostalgia for a time when nothing had yet been set down. Pascal is a painter of beginnings, of the origins of the world.

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