Five questions to Pascal Pauwels

Five questions to Pascal Pauwels

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Born in 1988 in Belgium, Pascal Pauwels, a self-taught visual artist from Brussels, draws influences from a diverse range of sources. For a decade, he has crafted captivating and unique combinations of colors, forms, and intensities in his studio, which is open for visits by appointment, providing insight into his artistic process shaped by various inspirations.Since when do you paint and what are your favorite motives?

I've been drawing since childhood, and my artistic journey evolved in 2014 when I delved into collages using images and prints. By 2016, I began combining paper and paint, gradually transitioning into total painting. Over the years, I've developed a visual language, allowing freedom in constructing my paintings.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first? 

Every new work begins with a reflective period. I contemplate ideas, color combinations, shapes, and movements before feeling the moment to take action. The initial concentration is on the first lines in black ink, creating a foundation for the painting. Working in music provides rhythm to the gestures.From what do you get your motivation? 

My motivation stems from a unique experience, stimulating my mind daily. Reflecting on nearly a decade of invested time and energy, the support received, and the impact of my work on clients and their feedback. While motivation is crucial, sometimes I remind myself that I don't have a plan B and feel fortunate to have a place in the world of art.Your life without art would be...

Life without art is a question I've never pondered. Art has been a constant since childhood, realizing its power. While I might have developed other interests, they wouldn't hold the same meaning. Sharing my story in the workshop emphasizes a perspective on life through art.

What's the best art venue in your city right now? 

Without a doubt, my studio ( laughs ).

But seriously, in Brussels, the cultural offering is rich with numerous exhibitions, outstanding museums, beautiful galleries, and artistic events throughout the year. In Belgium, the birthplace of surrealism, art sometimes takes on a hue of absurd abstraction, contributing to a unique and captivating artistic atmosphere.Learn more about the artist: