Hello dear friends, today we will continue to talk to pop surreal artist Pascal Leo Cormier. Enjoy reading :) If you have missed the 1. part, please, find it here.
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career?
Worrying about rent all the time.
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art?
Self-Taught, although I am very well trained with Art Supplies from working in an Art Store and many of my friends were either Art Students or Art Teachers whom I did learn some from. Other wise, it was always trial and error and independant research.
a) If you have study art: What issues do you see with today’s art schools? How can they be improved? Do you think an art education is important or imperitive for anybody wishing to be an artist?
I did not study Art in University, but as I have spent a lot of time in and around the “Academic“ circles, I have a few thoughts about it. The good things in going to any kind of Art School are that you get to meet people, and you get some technical tips directly that might take you months to figure out on your own, on the other hand, I often see Art Students come out of University and they are painting just like their teacher is, also, many Artists that come out of Universities end up never working as Artists, at most they become teachers, because after having spent all these years in University, they find themselves starting over at Zero in trying to exhibit or find work in their fields, so I think there should be more time spent helping the students find their way, not only Artistically but with Art supplies and on how to approach exhibiting and making a living with it.
b) If you are self-taught artist: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you have encountered throughout your career without the formal training of the Art Academy?
I am a self-taught Artist and making Art was never an obligation growing up, it was a passion, which means that if you truely are passionate about something, you will spend most of your time discovering it and mastering your craft, regardless of whether or not it was assigned or prescribed by someone else. One advantage is that while a bunch of my friends were in University doing prescribed homework, I was painting every day and exhibiting throughout those years, attending Art shows and meeting all of the Artists. I was also working in an Art store, so my Art education in that time was as valuable if not more than everyone in Art School. In fact, most of the Art Students and Art teachers knew who I was, so I must have been doing something right.
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
-Worst: That’s impossible.
-Best: Don’t quit.
-Best: Don’t quit.
What do you dislike about the art world? What is the hardest thing on being an artist? Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
I dislike most things about the Art World. The hardest part is being poor. I spend a whole lot of time alone in my head, and I’m OK with that, it’s comfortable there for the most part.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I would like to make more sculpture and installation works, which will probably start creeping into exhibitions in the future. I would also like to work in Print making more, I am very interested in the silk screening and block printing process, which I have dabbled in, but not enough to my satisfaction. I need to write more as well, gee, this list is getting very depressing fast to me.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there.
If you know that you know that you need to make Art, do it, don’t give up, practice every day and don‘t listen to discouragements, always be ready to answer for the Faith that is in you. This goes out to any field in life, not just Art.
Your favorite quote is ...
“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.“ –Proverbs 18:13
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
As I’ve mentionned earlier in this interview, I also play Music and write poetry, jokes, stories and short films (I’ve done one short film called “REFORME“ that can be viewed on YouTube and a few more are in the works). I have a Music project called “EyeOcean“ which is mostly a solo/collective project in which I play shows from time to time.
Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
Is there anything else you’d like to say? Is there any project you are working on right now or any ongoing event or exhibition you would like to share with our readers?
I don’t like long walks on the beach.
Thank you dear Pascal, it was a pleasure and honor to interview you. We wish you only the best for your art, already looking forward to see your new visions and works. Cheers :)