Pascal Lecocq at the Opera of Nice (France) during the setting of the Magic Flute, in 2016
|Education||Ph.D of Arts, University of Paris VIII (1985)|
|Known for||Fine art painting, set design, costumes design|
Pascal Lecocq (born June 4, 1958) is a French painter and set designer. He is the Painter of Blue who paints on high backcloths of sky or deep sea, as a stage director, figures, horses, divers, allegories, architectures, Venice, and ancient ruins, between hyperrealism and surrealism with a whimsical sense of humor. He is the author of the diving world renowned picture: The Matador.
Pascal Lecocq was born in Fontainebleau, France, on June 4, 1958. Pascal attended, while in high school, Ecole Comairas art school, from the Fondation Taylor, in Fontainebleau, from 1973 to 1977, as a pupil of Yvonne Bouisset Mignon (daughter of the painter Abel Mignon (1861-1936) who studied with Jean-Léon Gérôme; spouse of the painter Jacques Bouisset (1888-1977), the son of the famous author of the poster Chocolat Meunier Firmin Bouisset (1859-1925). His first solo exhibition took place in Fontainebleau in January 1977. He then obtained a PhD degree of Arts at the University of Paris VIII in 1985 under the direction of Prof. Frank Popper. Pascal Lecocq moved to Normandy in 1982, and opened his own art gallery in Honfleur (1989-2000); after a first exhibition at the DEMA show in Anaheim, CA, in 1998, he has been invited to show his artwork in the United States where he moved in 2003, becoming then a US resident.
Pascal Lecocq’s dissertation for the Doctorate was a philosophical study of the interrelation between all the arts, focusing in the set design in opera, making a historical study specific to the Wandeldekoration, spectacular moving scenery of Parsifal, by Richard Wagner, from 1882 to 1982. Then, Pascal Lecocq worked as a director assistant, and set and costume designer in different opera houses in France (from 1985 to 1996: Lohengrin, Der Ring, Parsifal, Tosca, Traviata …and in 2016 at the Opera de Nice The Magic Flute directed by Numa Sadoul). He also directed Der Freischütz, by Carl Maria von Weber in Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium, in 1991.
While working on The Flying Dutchman, opera by R.Wagner, at the Théâtre d’Angers, France, in 1986, he got the idea for his first painting with divers. In 1993, he painted Corrida, The Matador while working about the opera Carmen with his famous bullfighter by Bizet, before being introduced to dive shows and becoming an icon in the world diving industry.
His artwork, oil on canvas in the traditional technique of Van Eyck, Vermeer, and Salvador Dali, has been displayed in more than 250 solo exhibitions around the world, and featured in many art books about Parsifal, Arnold Böcklin, Marcel Proust or horses, and as front cover and portfolios for more than 20 magazines. The exhibition Shark ! at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida (May 2012-January 2013), curated by Richard Ellis(biologist), presented two paintings by Pascal Lecocq, including the Matador.
Pascal Lecocq is a member of the Ocean Artists Society (since 2003), a contributor to many environmental organizations, an active advocate for the sharks, and for the education of arts, making workshops with children.
He is the author of more than 100 magazine articles or lectures about painting, the technique of the old masters, anatomy in art, set design... He contributed to the exhibition Homage to Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead (2001-2), at the Musée Bossuet of Meaux, France, as a featured painter and as the webmaster of the site dedicated to the Isle of the Dead.
- The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association named Pascal “Artist of the Year” 2001.
- Heinz-Hermann Meyer, Kiel, Germany, 2012 “Wandeldekoration”, Lexikon der Filmbegriffe, ISSN 1610-420X.
- Pascal Lecocq, 1987 “La Wandeldekoration”, Revue d’Histoire du Théâtre, n°156, p359-383, ISSN 0035-2373.
- R.Wagner, Parsifal, Actes-Sud Papiers, 1995, ISBN 2742703683.
- P.Peyrolles, Hommage à L'Ile des Morts d'Arnold Böcklin, Somogy, 2001, ISBN 2850565008.
- P.Mante-Proust, M.Naturel, Marcel Proust. L'arche et la colombe, Michel Lafon, 2012, ISBN 2749917026.
- Jean-Louis Gouraud, Femmes de cheval, ed.Favre, 2004, ISBN 2828907856.
- Richard Ellis, Shark. A visual history, Lyons Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7627-7797-6.
- Consulate general of France in Miami, press release.
- The Matador at the MoAF on CBS.
- “Using ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to preserve our natural world”.
- Pascal Lecocq Foundation for the Arts and Environmental Education.
- Website dedicated to A. Böcklin's Isle of the Dead.