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In the intricate tapestry of our lives, there exists a pivotal juncture between childhood and adolescence, where the visual experiences etched in our minds become lifelong imprints. Whether they stem from fiction—be it films or video games—or real-life encounters, these instances shape us, leaving an indelible mark. For Pol-Edouard, born in Paris in 1984, this transitional phase serves as an endless wellspring of inspiration, fueling his artistic journey.
For those that don’t know, who is Pol-Edouard?
I was born in 1984 in Paris and grew up there. I've been drawing since forever, and now I'm an artist. I work with markers, airbrushing, and create drawings for screen printing and zines. I also lead drawing workshops in psychiatric hospitals.
You work and live in Paris. Does the city have a certain influence on your work as an artist?
Currently, I live an hour by train from Paris, allowing me to have a studio for creating large-scale paintings. But yes, visits to Parisian museums, interactions with other artists, especially at the Paris Print Club, significantly influence my work. I believe that by observing others' work, one finds their own path and develops a more personal style.
Your drawings and paintings are very colorful and are often reminiscent of well-known retro film characters or classic game consoles. How did you come across this theme world?
In art school and art classes, we work a lot with paint, exploring various techniques but not markers. It was precisely by revisiting this tool typically reserved for young schoolchildren that I delved back into what I loved at that time. A return to my roots. I draw to please my inner child, and it resonates with people who share the same references, tapping into their childhood memories.
Are there (other) specific themes or subjects that consistently inspire your work?
Themes that allow me to draw partially nude bodies in action appeal to me because the human body is at the center of my research. I always have images of ancient Amazonian combat and Hercules statues in mind.
„I closely study Titian, Rubens, and Delacroix because I believe they are masters of color. “
When it comes to art, how do you kick-start the creative process? How do you approach a project?
My little sketchbook allows me to jot down ideas and draw everything I'll do on a larger scale. It's truly the first draft, the composition search, and I feel like this stage involves the most creativity.
How do you handle creative blocks or periods of low inspiration?
I often switch between mediums, tools, and formats to combat these periods, but nothing beats a good trip with visits to galleries and museums to regain inspiration and, most importantly, the pleasure of drawing.
How and where do you find inspiration, and are there any artistic heroes that have influenced you in your work?
I closely study Titian, Rubens, and Delacroix because I believe they are masters of color. They are the ones who inspired me to work on colorful lighting.
Music has always played a big role for us. Is music also important to your creative process? If so, what records are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to music, especially French rap or hip-hop from the 2000s, on the train with my sketchbook in hand; that's where I find most of my ideas. When I'm in the studio, I play films or documentaries in the background, allowing me to stay focused on my work.