Philippe Pastor - work in progress

Philippe Pastor

Monaco 1961

Abstract Expressionism

www.philippe-pastor.com

Philippe Pastor
Philippe Pastor
Male
Monaco
1961
October 28, 2018
Deeply invested in modern and contemporary art, the Widewalls magazine aims at providing a unique experience for its readers in the form of in-depth and quality journalism.

Philippe Pastor is a contemporary artist born in Monaco in 1961. He is an abstract expressionist whose artworks have been exhibited throughout the world. His paintings and sculptures are dedicated to environmental topics. Philippe Pastor, through his works, challenges the public on the urgency of action to stop the irremediable imbalance towards which the planet is advancing.

Philippe Pastor - studio shot, Photo Didier Gicquel
Philippe Pastor – work in progress. Photo by Didier Gicquel

Philippe Pastor’s work focuses on the recognition that we have entered the “Anthropocene”, a new geological era marked by the impact of human activity on the earth. Working with a variety of media, from abstract painting to sculpture, or land art, Philippe Pastor expresses the hope that art can point the way to a more ecologically sustainable future.

Philippe Pastor - studio shot, Photo by Christine Cadoni
Philippe Pastor – studio shot, Photo by Christine Cadoni

After a first phase close to figurative expressionism, his painting became radicalized towards abstraction and abstract expressionism. His commitment to the environment has led him to develop a personalized vision of Nature, reflecting Man’s interactions with the planet. Sensitive to the most subtle changes in nature, he deals with the seasons, climate, minerals and plants of all kinds. The use of natural elements and raw materials in his works is part of this approach.

Philippe Pastor - studio shot, Photo by Christine Cadoni
Philippe Pastor – studio shot, Photo by Christine Cadoni

In 2003, following a fire at the Garde-Freinet, France, the artist collected charred wood which he transformed into sculpture in order to draw attention to the ravages of forest fires. Monumental installations of his sculptures, “Burned Trees” have been presented throughout the world, notably through the United Nations Environment Programme.

Philippe Pastor - Arbres, Chateau des Marres Photo Christine Cadoni
Philippe Pastor – Arbres, Chateau des Marres. Photo by Christine Cadoni

Philippe Pastor was the official artist of the Monaco Pavilion at the Expo 2015 Universal Exhibition in Milan, integrating the sculptures into the architecture of the pavilion.

Philippe Pastor - work in progress, Photo Christine Cadoni
Philippe Pastor – work in progress. Photo Christine Cadoni

In 2014, Philippe Pastor created a work spread out over a plot of more than 15,000m2, from multiple slabs of natural limestone, assembled in five letters forming the word “BASTA”, thus appealing to the public by an installation visible from the sky. During this new stage, with installations at the heart of nature, the artist enters the field of Land Art.

Philippe Pastor - Basta
Philippe Pastor – Basta

Philippe Pastor participated on two occasions in the Venice Biennale, in 2007 and 2009, presenting works denouncing the harmful effects of climate change. In Monaco, his work is visible at the De Jonckheere gallery alongside contemporary and modern artists such as Damien Hirst, Yves Klein, Alexander Calder, René Magritte

Text by Samuel Husson

Featured image: Philippe Pastor – work in progress

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017Philippe PastorJerome Zodo Gallery, London, United KingdomSolo
201710 MonochromesDe Jonckheere, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2017PASTORLC Gallery, IbizaSolo
2017Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesLe Château des Marres, Golfe de Saint, Tropez, France Solo
2017Winter LandscapesDe Jonckheere, MonacoGroup
2017Still LifesDe Jonckheere, MonacoGroup
2017Masters’ CollectionDe Jonckheere, MonacoGroup
2016Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesMegève, FranceSolo
2016Philippe PastorGalerie 56, Megève, FranceSolo
2016Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesGrimaldi Forum Monaco, MonacoSolo
2016Avec le Temps IIMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2016Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesLa Gacilly La Grée Des Landes, Eco Hotel, Spa Yves Rocher, France Solo
2016Bleu PastorMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2015Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesTerminal Neige, Totem, Flaine, France Solo
2015Philippe Pastor, The Four SeasonsMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2015Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesMonaco Pavilion, Universal Exposition EXPO2015, Milan, ItalySolo
2015Philippe PastorGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2015The Anatomized PavilionMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoGroup
2014Philippe PastorAzul Tierra, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2014Philippe PastorMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2014Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesGare de Montparnasse, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesGare du Nord, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Philippe PastorLa Galerie 38, Casablanca, MoroccoSolo
2014Philippe PastorGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2014Philippe Pastor, TerritoriesGalerie D.X., Bordeaux, FranceSolo
2014Philippe Pastor Bleu MonochromeMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2014Philippe PastorGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Philippe Pastor, Bleu MonochromeAzul Tierra, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2013Philippe Pastor, Monochrome BlueNina Torres Fine Art, Miami, USASolo
2013Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesGrimaud, Ramatuelle, Sainte, Maxime, Saint Tropez, France Solo
2012Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesLe Chateau des Marres, Ramatuelle, FranceSolo
2012Philippe Pastor, Monochrome BlueDNR Gallery, L’Isle Sur la Sorgue, FranceSolo
2012Philippe PastorGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Philippe PastorGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesL’Alpette, Megeve, FranceSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesAltapura, Val Thorens, FranceSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, RevolutionMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesRoundabout Castellane, Grimaud, FranceSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesChâteau des Marres, Ramatuelle, FranceSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, RevolutionGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Philippe Pastor, The HeartsPlatform Gallery, Miami, FloridaSolo
2010Philippe Pastor, The Four SeasonsMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2010Philippe Pastor, The Four SeasonsGalerie Nicolas Deman, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Philippe Pastor, RetrospectiveOpera Gallery, New York, USASolo
2010Philippe Pastor, H20Monaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2010Philippe Pastor, The Four SeasonsBarbara de Palma Gallery, Saint Tropez, FranceSolo
2010Philippe Pastor, Recent WorksShowroom, 49 Curzon Street, London, EnglandSolo
2010The Paths of SculptureSaint Tropez Polo Club, Gassin, FranceGroup
2010Art Monaco’10, Contemporary Art SalonGrimaldi Forum, MonacoGroup
2010Art and Science Serving a CauseFoundation for Brain Research, West End Hotel, Nice, FranceGroup
2009Philippe PastorOpera Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2009Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesLa Grée Des Landes, Eco Hotel, Spa Yves Rocher, La Gacilly, FranceSolo
2009The Sky is Watching the Earth53rd Venice Biennale, Principality of Monaco Pavilion, Caserne Cornoldi, Venice, ItalySolo
2009Magic Mixture » Philippe Pastor and Ileana Ga, from December 9th through 31stGroup
2008Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesFrench Cultural Center, Milan, ItalySolo
2008Philippe Pastor, The Sky is Watching the EarthCasino Atrium, MonacoSolo
2008Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesExotic Garden, MonacoSolo
2008Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesChapelle Saint Jean, La Garde Freinet, France Solo
2008Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesMuseo del Parco, Portofino, ItalySolo
2008Philippe Pastor, StareAtelier Soardi, Matisse’s studio, Nice, FranceSolo
2008Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesUnited Nations Headquarters, New York, USASolo
2008Philippe Pastor, Friends of the MoonLJ Beaubourg Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2008Philippe Pastor, Recent WorksMonaco Modern’Art, MonacoSolo
2008Open your HeartOpera Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2008In the Mood for LoveOpera Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2008Philippe Pastor, Manuella Ferré, Marcelline LapouffeTourism Embassy, Saint Tropez, France Group
2008Philippe Pastor, The Burned Trees & Stefano Bombardieri, Gaia and the WhaleCitadelle, Saint Tropez, France Group
2007Philippe Pastor, White TreesInternational Film Festival, Cannes, FranceSolo
2007Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesChampions of the Earth, International Environment Award presented each year by the UNEP, United Nations Environment Program, ShangriSolo
2007Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesMonaco Modern Art Gallery, MonacoSolo
2007On the Way to Damascus52nd Venice Biennale, Syria Pavilion, Venice, ItalyGroup
2006Philippe PastorAtelier Soardi, Matisse’s studio, Nice, FranceSolo
2006Philippe PastorValerio Riva Foundation, Venice, ItalySolo
2006Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesNice Côte d’Azur International Airport, Nice, FranceSolo
2006Philippe Pastor, Recent WorksGalerie du XX Siècle, Paris, FranceSolo
2006Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesUnited Nations Headquarters, Nairobi, KenyaSolo
2006Philippe Pastor, SelectionMonaco Modern Art Gallery, MonacoSolo
2005Philippe Pastor. Touring ExhibitionCotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, RomaniaSolo
2005Philippe Pastor, The Burned TreesSaint Maxime, FranceSolo
2005Philippe Pastor, The Strange Cheerfulness of a Sad CansunPoli Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2005Philippe Pastor, The Strange Cheerfulness of a Sad CansunModern and Contemporary Art Gallery, San Marino, ItalySolo
2005Philippe PastorGalleria Ca D’oro, Rome, ItalySolo
20059th Shanghai Art FairShanghai, ChinaGroup
2005Saline AlchemyMediceo Palace, San Leo, ItalyGroup
2004Philippe Pastor, The New WarriorsGalerie Bruno Delarue, Paris, FranceSolo
2004Feeding on (the) ArtMuseum of Antiquities, Turin, ItalyGroup
2004Philippe Pastor, Alfredo Garzon and Didier GicquelGalerie Cap d’Art, Genval, BelgiumGroup
2003Philippe Pastor, PassingGalerie Pastor, Gismondi, Monaco Solo
2002Philippe Pastor, Couples of Saint Tropez Miami Modern Art Gallery, Miami, Florida, USASolo