Philippe Pasqua: Girls, Skulls and Butterflies

January 16 - February 14, 2012

Space SBH is pleased to present a selection of drawings by Philippe Pasqua.

A self-taught artist, Pasqua began painting in 1985 and was very much influenced by Freud and Bacon and with the theme of death and the physical body like Hirst.

Pasqua focuses on life, death and sexuality.  In this series of work, faces and naked bodies materialize in colour with sincerity, revealing the vulnerability of human beings: the human figure is shown with the free realism and intensity of expressionism.

Pasqua often depicts the butterfly which creature in Ancient Egypt was considered a symbol of the soul. This image never appears alone but is repeated as a multiplicity of souls together with his Skulls or ‘Vanités’. Recognisable as a cyclical theme in the arts over time, Pasqua has discovered the skull like a hidden treasure and only by “exploring the flesh at length that he has reached the bone truth and decided to take possession of it.”

Philippe Pasqua draws as much with his lead pencil as with his eraser. He draws as much with lines as by erasing them. There are as many pencil strokes as eraser strokes. This is how the subject is revealed, the white is as important as the black. Three techniques are always inextricably mixed: the isolated line creating the outlines, the overlapping pencil strokes and the hatching that produce effects of varying density, and the blurring that creates modulations of light. Invariably the eye explores these three techniques that blend in the image and yet remain completely legible and distinct. There are also traces of a finger, a hand. A face, a torso, the whole person is rarely depicted. The work and the eye are drawn to the fragment.

The face or body becomes halo, mist, smoke, line, vibration. Here it is not so much a question of flesh or matter as per Pasqua’s large scale paintings, but rather of form, outline and delicate texture to which splashes of paint or coloured ink are usually added. The drawing is concentrated in the middle of the sheet and the paper around it is left white, virginal. And there is always the model’s gaze – which commands the viewers full attention - as inescapable as in his paintings.

Since his first exhibition in Paris in 1990, Pasqua’s work is exhibited in galleries around the world including New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, Mexico, London, Hamburg. Pasqua is based in Paris. And has emerged as one of the major artists of his generation just being named French artist of the year.

Private viewing by appointment. 

For all enquiries please contact info@spacesbh.com

 

Vanité Violette, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Violette, 2011

Technique Mixte sur Papiermarouflé sur Toile

200 x 150 cm

Constance, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Constance, 2011

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Vanité Verte, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Verte, 2010

Mixed techniques on paper

31.50 x 27.50 in

Sans Titre, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Sans Titre, 2010

Mixed techniques on paper

31.40 x 27.40 in

Vanité Papillons Rouge , 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Papillons Rouge , 2011

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Constance (x3), 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Constance (x3), 2011

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Vanité Rouge, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Rouge, 2010

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

40 x 30 cm

Laura, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Laura, 2010

Mixed techniques on paper

31.50 x 27.50 in

Vanité Rose, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Rose, 2010

Technique mixte sur papier maroufleé sur toile

200 x 150 cm

Vanité Marron , 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Marron , 2011

Mixed techniques on paper

31.50 x 27.50 in

Constance, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Constance, 2011

Technique Mixte sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Constance, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Constance, 2011

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

31.40 x 27.40 in

Laura, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Laura, 2010

Mixed techniques on paper

31.50 x 27.50 in

Anne, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Anne, 2010

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Vanité Papillons Violette, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Papillons Violette, 2011

Mixed techniques on paper

31.50 x 27.50 in

Vanité Papillons Rouge , 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Papillons Rouge , 2011

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Sans Titre , 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Sans Titre , 2010

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

40 x 30 cm

Philippine, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Philippine, 2011

Mixed techniques on paper

31.50 x 27.50 in

Vanité Papillons Grise, 2011

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité Papillons Grise, 2011

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

100 x 70 cm

Anne, 2010

Philippe Pasqua

Anne, 2010

Techniques Mixtes sur Papier

40 x 30 cm

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Philippe Pasqua: Girls, Skulls and Butterflies
January 16 - February 14, 2012 Space SBH is pleased to present a selection of drawings by Philippe Pasqua. A self-taught artist, Pasqua began painting in 1985 and was very much influenced by Freud and Bacon and with the theme of death and the physical body like Hirst. Pasqua focuses on life, death and sexuality. In this series of work, faces and naked bodies materialize in colour with sincerity, revealing the vulnerability of human beings: the human figure is shown with the free realism and intensity of expressionism. Pasqua often depicts the butterfly which creature in Ancient Egypt was considered a symbol of the soul. This image never appears alone but is repeated as a multiplicity of souls together with his Skulls or ‘Vanités’. Recognisable as a cyclical theme in the arts over time, Pasqua has discovered the skull like a hidden treasure and only by “exploring the flesh at length that he has reached the bone truth and decided to take possession of it.” Philippe Pasqua draws as much with his lead pencil as with his eraser. He draws as much with lines as by erasing them. There are as many pencil strokes as eraser strokes. This is how the subject is revealed, the white is as important as the black. Three techniques are always inextricably mixed: the isolated line creating the outlines, the overlapping pencil strokes and the hatching that produce effects of varying density, and the blurring that creates modulations of light. Invariably the eye explores these three techniques that blend in the image and yet remain completely legible and distinct. There are also traces of a finger, a hand. A face, a torso, the whole person is rarely depicted. The work and the eye are drawn to the fragment. The face or body becomes halo, mist, smoke, line, vibration. Here it is not so much a question of flesh or matter as per Pasqua’s large scale paintings, but rather of form, outline and delicate texture to which splashes of paint or coloured ink are usually added. The drawing is concentrated in the middle of the sheet and the paper around it is left white, virginal. And there is always the model’s gaze – which commands the viewers full attention - as inescapable as in his paintings. Since his first exhibition in Paris in 1990, Pasqua’s work is exhibited in galleries around the world including New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, Mexico, London, Hamburg. Pasqua is based in Paris. And has emerged as one of the major artists of his generation just being named French artist of the year. Private viewing by appointment. For all enquiries please contact info@spacesbh.com
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