Interview with pop surreal artist Pascal Leo Cormier - 1.part

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Hello dear Pascal, tell us a little about you and how did you find the artist inside you. How long have you been doing art?

Human. Male. From Planet Earth : Distrct of Canada Corp : Montreal Sector.
I started drawing on the walls when I was 2 or 3 years old.

What was / is your major influences? Other artists, books, movies, music or any other media....What inspires you to create your artworks?

I grew up in the forest, not very far from the ocean. I remember spending a lot of time alone on river sides, looking at every splendorous thing around me, eating edible herbs and small fruits, whistling with birds. I also remember my cousin’s collection of dusty porcelain clowns. So sad, so fragile they were. I eventually became one of them. It is hard for me to pin point specific influences because every living second serves as one, whether good or bad.

How does "a normal day of artist" in your life look like?

My day usually starts with coffee, emails and then some reading or some kind of mind stretching. After that,  I either put on Music, a seminar or somekind of someone speaking about somekind of something, and I stare at my work until more work poors out of me. I typically paint between 3 and 12 hours a day depending on what I am working on and how I feel at the moment. I work from my apartment that I share with my girlfriend Alexe, we have a room for me to paint where she also likes to draw and play around with her sowing machine. I also like composing/playing music as well as writing, for which I try to squeeze in time for whenever I can. I think I treat every waking second as some kind of study.

What medium do you most often use and why?

From an early age, the medium I used the most was colour pencils and pen, starting with a pencil drawing on paper.Watercolor eventually worked its way into my work and at the age of 23-24, I started painting with acrylics for the first time, wanting to make bigger pieces. 6 years later, I am now comfortable with acrylic paints. I usually work with acrylic on canvas or wood, starting with a pencil sketch on paper and occasionally a smaller colour study. I also like working in sculpture and doll modification, which I sometimes include in exhibitions.

How would you describe your surreal style? What themes do you pursue?

I am very interested in alternative History and  Science(as opposed to Main Stream) and also Investigative Stories, mystyeries, Political Intreagues and Psychology, all of which often play a part in my work. I am a curious rabbit and I seek to learn the truth regardless of the conclusions and consequences. My work is usually both a research and manifestation of my understandings, often in clownesque, childish metaphores. Sometimes I am simply conveying an emotion that needs out.

What fascinates you the most about (pop) surrealism? What "(pop) surreal art"  means to you as an artist?

Some of my earliest Fine Arts influences were Salvador Dali and Hieronimus Bosch, but I grew up in a the cartoon, nintendo and skateboarding culture of the late 1980s and 1990s, so it’s fun for me as an Artist to mash the two together, and even more exciting to see Pop-Surreal works by other Artists with all these themes from my childhood, often reminding me of things I had forgotten, because they come from a different experience than mine.

What do you love most about creating? What does “being creative” mean to you?

Most humbly, I’m not sure what that means because I’ve been thinking in a creative frame of mine for as long as I can remember, and I can not relate to not being creative, I don’t understand how that feels. I get very uneasy when I’m not working on something, I’m one of those guys who’s always tapping his fingers or has a leg shaking, so if I had to answer your question, it would be with the following question: What does “being alive“ mean to you?

Can you describe your typical workflow / artistic process when you’re working on your art?

It usually starts with an idea that goes straight to sketch with pencil on paper. More and more I make smaller colour studies, which saves a lot of time in the end, and then I finally paint the final image on canvas or wood. One painting, depending on the size, can take me between 10 and 300 hours, but each painting really took my my whole life to create.

What is your personal favorite artwork from your portfolio and why?

-That’s a very tough question! There are a few of my most recent pieces that I am very happy with, but if I had to pick one, I would say “ANATHEMA“, I’m really happy with how it came out. It was based on a small sketch from 2009 that finally came to fruition in 2012/2013

Where do you see yourself in the future? Professionally, what’s your goal?

I plan to make Art in many of its forms until I am expired upon this Earth.

Thank you dear Pascal, it was a pleasure to visit your creative planet and know something more about you and your art . Dear readers, no, no, no, we are not finished yet. The second part of this interview is coming soon, so stay tuned!