Chosen to feature at the 53rd Venice Biennale, the artist Philippe Pastor has opened his workshop in rue de la Turbie today to the press.
The floor strewn with buckets of paint, the walls covered with paintings commissioned by the Art Gallery, Léo Ferré playing in the background, Philippe gave us a friendly welcome to his colourful universe. His leitmotif: “don’t try to become well-known, just express what you have within you and pass on a message”.
The triptych created especially for the Biennale certainly expresses his main concerns: the environment, pollution, the ice melt, atmospheric disturbances generated by man and the destruction of nature. “Le Ciel regarde la Terre” is a vision of the almost programmed ruin of nature, through three main themes: nature, pollution and the North Pole. Created on large wooden panels mounted on iron structures and made from natural materials, the paintings will be on display in the open air and change on contact with the sun, rain and wind.
His next project will be focused on terrorist attacks.
Born in 1961, the Monegasque Philippe Pastor is a man who ventures off the beaten track. A self-taught artist, he has made a name for himself on the international scene in the last ten years thanks to exhibitions in France, Italy and the United States. In 2007, he took part in the 52nd Venice Biennale, where he was invited to the Riva Foundation.
Philippe Pastor remains modest. He was eager to point out: “it is not the fruit of my work but that of a whole team”.
© Charly Gallo - Centre de presse de Monaco