Pascal Pihen

As a child, Pascal was a solitary person, and spent his time at his bedroom window, observing nature and drawing his parents’ garden with markers. He then amused himself by comparing the various details of his drawings in accordance with the changing seasons. Later he replaced the markers with tubes of paint. Even in his youth, Pascal preferred drawing to writing to express his emotions.
As an adult, he held various jobs, but as the years passed he always kept something with him to scribble on. Finally when he was 30, art pressed upon and he felt a visceral need to make it his profession.
Depending on the subject matter, Pascal uses ink, watercolour and acrylic on paper, canvas and wood. He works pigments on wet paper to create the background. He uses various materials (fibers from canvases) as stencils in the staging of his subjects, and ink drawings are very present.
His colour palette is often restricted in order to focus on contrasts, and the watercolours and ink a r e r e v e l a t o r y . P a s c a l l i k e s t h e i d e a o f a m e n t a l p h o t o g r a p h p a s s e d t h r o u g h t h e f i l t e r o f h i s e m o t i o n s . H e a t t a c h e s i m p o r t a n c e t o t h e s t r o k e s a n d p o s e s t h e s t r u c t u r e o f t h e s u b j e c t b y d r a w i n g a w a s h ( o n e c o l o u r d i l u t e d t o d i f f e r e n t s h a d e s ) . T h e r e s u l t is clean and figurative.
Pascal has always been fascinated by the footprints of passing time. Drawing and painting are alternative ways for him to create images, sounds and stories. In the glittering of the world, the artist seeks to refocus the individual, who is out of his context.
For Pascal, objects reflect a little bit of humanity. They are witnesses of the passage of man on earth, his habits, fears and desires. The artist uses these topics to relate the moods and memories of daily life. He tracks ambiances; moments of life taken out of context to better capture the expression of a body or a face.