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Who is Pascal Pilate?

The basis of Pascal Pilate's pictorial abstraction is the raw material, the symbol of life and the witness of the imprint left by time. From his beginnings as an artist, he expressed himself through painting and the body: for him, art is energy renewed and painting, a therapeutic break. It was as a continuation of this approach to the harmonization of architectures and materials that he defended his thesis in osteopathy: an activity that he then practised in parallel, or rather in addition to being an artist.

Happenings ... In the 1980s, located in the former workshops of General Stores at La Villette in Paris, Pascal Pilate, at the demand of various underground groups, created his first happenings such as “On achève bien les tableaux” (We complete pictures) or the folk “Foufounes électriques” (Electric Fannies) in Montreal: five painters gathered in a room, each create a work and put it up for auction at the end of the session. For the exhibition “Les carottes dans la tête” (Carrots in the head), he filled large plexiglass cylinders with paintings, drawings, and other retouched images: the materials, accumulated here like those stories which form us, remain the theme of his work.

Parades' Pilate ...

 In the nineties Pascal Pilate turned to living matter. Transposing his creativity onto the individual level, he captured the architecture of the human body as a "biomechanical sculpture" and the model by directly intervening in the joints and periarticular tissues. He translated this novel therapeutic approach as "Parades Pilates", a method he described in four books (published by Editions Belin, Eyrolles and La Martinière), and which he also taught in the United States.

Paint Rivers ...

During this period, he took up written forms of expression, first through his "Paint Rivers", which is illustrated by a text, but also in plays for radio and a detective novel, set in the world of art. Iconoclastic, Pascal Pilate continues to work on materials by drawing lines of furniture that combine marble, wood and leather, cardboard, kraft paper and rhodoid, or feathers, velvet and wood: unlikely associations so as to promote well being and peace of mind in the user.


Canvases that heal

and serial colours ...He returned to painting in the 2000s with the same therapeutic goal: Beyond aesthetics, the picture becomes a functional object. Through his "canvases that heal" the beholder finds a smile, fun, relaxation, and reconnects with equilibrium and serenity. The concept? A set of large abstract canvases connected by a colour theme, where spaces of blank canvas are confronted by worked material in repetitive patterns. The orange series deals with memory and childhood, the green, the idea of a limit or border, the pink & black (paintings, but also masks and photos), sensuality.

Gold art ...

 Through the gold series, he now intends to touch the fullness of being. Indicating this harmony, the painting-object is occasionally merged with its support (LED column

lights). Out of the regular alternation of gold leaf and materials (ash, sand, quartz, glitter ...), gloss and matt, a succession of minimally modified motifs, emerges a kind of spontaneous writing, like a breath on which our inner rhythm settles. We forget everything, to better meet the essential within us.

Works or what makes Pascal Pilate unique

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  • 2014: “Urb Humanity Forms", Aristoi Gallery, Rochefort
  • 2012 “Paysages humains”, Galerie Addict, Paris 
  • "Super Héros shooting star", Galerie Incognito, Paris
  • 2011: “Drip”, La Blanchisserie, Paris
  • "Sébastien Le Guen paintings”, Galerie Maw, Paris
  • « Bad Painting”, exposition collective, Galerie 208 ChichePortiche, Paris 
  • 2010 : “I love America”, exposition collective, Studio 55, Paris
  • 2009 : « Fragments choisis », Galerie Nathalie Gaillard, Paris
  • “Constitution Diary Lost, Galerie, Paris