How did you first get involved in art?
Being born in and having spent over thirty years in France - where art is everywhere, in every town and city - art was already in my life before I got involved in it. I also had teachers who showed me that art was part of life and that creation through art could be very enjoyable. The fact that my grandmother was also an artist and a teacher helped my interest and naturally led me to create my own art. She always encouraged me and gave me objective advice.
Do you have any academic history or any art training?
I have a Master’s degree in Chemistry that I obtained in Manchester, England. I took art classes for several years in France to learn art techniques and art history. I always found time to learn art and I have friends and family members whom I share art with and from whom I learn. I had the chance to spend a lot of time in art museums in France, England, Spain, Italy, Japan, and in the United States where I could appreciate the art of the masters. The internet allows me to connect with new artists and new techniques, and improve my technical and art history knowledge.
What is your connection with the Foundry Art Center? How did you discover it?
When I moved to Saint Charles, I was looking for a place where art and artists were well-represented. I discovered that the FAC was promoting high quality art and proposed a space for art and artists. I have attended many different events at the FAC including art shows, art openings, art studio visits, children's events, and concerts. The FAC is a place where Art is alive.
Where & from whom do you draw inspiration?
Inspiration is wide concept; it takes work and time to find the first idea that will launch the rest. An old drawing or a previous project that I had initiated years ago can come back to life and give me a first start. It can also be a book that I have read or that I would like to illustrate in a painting or a piece of music that I like which I want to see in colors. I admire Leonard Da Vinci and his incredible technique; closer to us, the British artist like Henri Moore has inspired me a lot, especially his reclining figures. The French painter Pierre Soulages, the German painter Hans Hartung, or the American painters Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock have lead me to produce abstract work and abstract paintings
When you are not creating artwork, what do you enjoy doing?
I like to discover new forms of art or new artists. I like to go to art museums very often in Saint Louis or wherever I am. The last time I visited Florida, I discovered the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. It contains masterpieces such as the Discovery of America by Columbus - a must-see.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on different projects. I am initiating a work to participate to the next Creative Climate Awards project for the Human Impact Institute in 2018 in NYC. It will involve a completely new way to consider art, and introduce the concept of time and space. I have also started a project about Don Quixote, from Cervantes, a series that will illustrate the different characters and possibly some scenes from the book that will introduce a new dimension. I am also working on continuing a series of numbers and symbols; it is a project in progress. I like to represent numbers for the beauty of their shapes.
How do you connect with people through your art? Why do you create Art?
I like to participate in events where I can meet people that will enjoy my art. I go to art openings to meet art enthusiasts and other artists. I connect with people though my website and Instagram - it is a platform to show what I am doing and what I have done. However, it does not replace the place where the art is displayed.
It is something that I enjoy greatly, I can generate an image that has never been created before. Pictorial art can embrace any subject, from representation to pure abstract and from political messages to pure beauty. I like the freedom and the degree of liberty that Art allows.
Pierre's work is on display in "Context II" through today, Friday, September 15.
Article by Jillian Schoettle.