After working as a fashion model in London, Tokyo and Japan, Pascale Taurua combines figurative art with elements of the French street art aesthetic to create powerful artworks that celebrate fashion as a form of self-expression. Her sensual paintings often feature classic French brands, including Christian Dior, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.
Through her figurative artworks, Pascale explores her memories of the fashion world and the way that clothes can make people feel. She explains: "We know that Paris is the city of fashion. Parisian style is a mix of street style and high fashion, and I love to play with them both. Everything I paint is everything that I used to live. Every time I open a magazine, I feel inspired. My love for fashion is endless.”
Whether it’s a pair of Christian Louboutin heels or Converse trainers, Pascale believes that a person can make their own decision about how their clothing impacts their individual style and confidence; it is not up to society to decide this. She adds: “For me, being beautiful is not very important, but how people feel in the clothes they wear, that’s what’s good.”
Featured at the Paris Art Fair and Art Dubai, along with publications including Pratique des Arts, Pascale's artworks have taken many forms, from urban art on the streets of Paris to emotive figurative works displayed at Le Salon d’Automne on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Her journey of self-discovery has taken her to the Middle East, and led her to experiment with materials such as gold leaf, which she says embodies "the strength, beauty and light of female nature."
Pascale says: "Most of our homes are so sober and need a touch of madness; my paintings show that we have this. They can help you to show what you like, or remind you of something. I want my work to be free for people to put their own imaginations to. They can imagine 'who is this woman', or 'who is this man?' and imagine their own story, or put themselves into it."
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Pascale's apartment studio is located in the picturesque coastal city of Biarritz in southwestern France. Keeping Pascale company is her tiny Bichon Maltese, Louise, who gets up to all kinds of mischief! She says: "I start each morning off on the right foot with a nice cup of tea, and then put on my workout clothes for an active hour-long walk along the beach. Then I start working on my art, which can alternate between painting in oils on canvas and applying gold and silver leaf."
With Pascale commissioned by clients all over the world and boasting a packed exhibition schedule, there is rarely a quiet moment and she admits the hours pass at "breakneck" speed. She does, however, make a conscious effort to look after her mental health. She explains: "My universe is in my studio in front of a canvas. When I work in front of my easel, I stay there for two or three hours at a time before taking a tea or snack break to watch a show on YouTube, which allows me to take my mind off things. So when I come back to my painting, it is with a new look and energy."
Painting on canvas with extra-fine oil, she blocks in her sketch before allowing the piece to choose its own direction. Her studio walls are adorned with drawings, photographs and images from magazines, which she uses for inspiration. Pascale’s studio assistant, while perhaps slightly furrier than most, is definitely enthusiastic. The artist says: "Louise – a little four-legged creature with the muzzle of a fox, tail of a pig and snow-white fur – discreetly slips into my studio and takes pleasure in trampling in my paint palette. I find her tiny footprints all over the carpet and on my bed!"
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