Pierre-Paul Pariseau

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Pierre-Paul Pariseau always loved art but only started to work as an artist himself in his twenties. It all started with a few clumsy oil paintings, but soon after he discovered photo collage. He was instantly fascinated by the surreal images he created from magazine cut-outs – he had found his medium. In the beginning he kept his collages simple and worked with scissors and glue for a few years. Later they became more elaborate and he started exhibiting in cafés, cultural centres and galleries. He decided to compile a portfolio and showed it to art directors of publications in Québec – and they were delighted! This kickstarted his career as an illustrator, and illustration still fascinates him today, because it is the perfect medium for him to express himself. – „Illustration helps me keep my sanity in a crazy world!“

Pierre-Paul’s work is heavily influenced by surrealist artists like Dalí and Magritte. Surrealism in art, literature, poetry and film is a rich well of inspiration, just like the pioneers of photomontage John Heartfield, Max Ernst und Jacques Prévert. He always has his notebook at the ready to capture his ideas for new images and their working titles.

Pierre-Paul is not set in his ways and open to all subjects. Every job is an interesting challenge, and every job contains personal work. – „Personal work is every bit as important as client work. Both kinds of work have different qualities. Personal projects are vital, because you can dive into the depths of your imagination. My personal work doesn’t always have a clear message, there’s always a lot of room for interpretation.”

Pierre-Paul’s work is subtle, he doesn’t like images where everything is spelled out: Ambiguity is always more interesting – he keeps the door open for new ideas, he inspires curiosity. Then again, for client work he likes to create simple, clear and uncomplicated images. Whenever he has time, Pierre-Paul experiments with different techniques. He discovers new, interesting styles every time, which he then utilizes for his client work. Pierre-Paul keeps evolving his style and loves to surprise himself – and if all of this earns him a living, too, that’s the ideal!

Pierre-Paul’s work is heavily influenced by surrealist artists like Dalí and Magritte. Surrealism in art, literature, poetry and film is a rich well of inspiration, just like the pioneers of photomontage John Heartfield, Max Ernst und Jacques Prévert. He always has his notebook at the ready to capture his ideas for new images and their working titles.

Pierre-Paul is not set in his ways and open to all subjects. Every job is an interesting challenge, and every job contains personal work. – „Personal work is every bit as important as client work. Both kinds of work have different qualities. Personal projects are vital, because you can dive into the depths of your imagination. My personal work doesn’t always have a clear message, there’s always a lot of room for interpretation.”

Pierre-Paul’s work is subtle, he doesn’t like images where everything is spelled out: Ambiguity is always more interesting – he keeps the door open for new ideas, he inspires curiosity. Then again, for client work he likes to create simple, clear and uncomplicated images. Whenever he has time, Pierre-Paul experiments with different techniques. He discovers new, interesting styles every time, which he then utilizes for his client work. Pierre-Paul keeps evolving his style and loves to surprise himself – and if all of this earns him a living, too, that’s the ideal!

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