Pierre-Paul Pariseau’s illustrations are bright, filled with colour, their aesthetic born in the silk screen prints of Pop art, a surrealist attempt to make sense of our media saturated world, a mix of comic art, advertising and traditional collage.
Pariseau’s high contrast, dynamic style has been in development for over 20 years. Originally a cut and paste designer Pariseau moved into Photoshop over 15 years ago and since then has been creating images that have a cartoonish exaggeration, a garish quality that brings to mind the over blown imagery of Las Vegas, old school film posters, the juxtaposition of imagery creating a series of sign posts that encourage us to create a narrative of our own making. As he says himself:
I do try to voice some kind of personal opinions [and] statements using my images, but perhaps sometimes these images can be confused with wild and unbridled imaginative images that can be understood in many ways, sometimes far away from what I meant originally, and this is fine also.
Pariseau has been collecting images for years which he now scans and alters through multi-media layering and black-and-white contrasts until they become rich, colour saturated illustrations that have a stream of consciousness hinting at stories, ideas and thoughts on the world about him, a world of consumption. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
Evoking currents of surrealism and pop art, the creative work of Pariseau invites us into a world of images where everything is possible. Happy coincidences, anecdotal events inspire the artist in a fantasy that translates into images made of vibrant colours, stunning juxtapositions and hypnotic reveries. His anthropomorphic creations seems to request storytelling but never impose one. The intensity of his work confuses and attract in a way that does not dictate to the viewer, but stimulate imagination to explore unrestrained. An invitation to discover enigmatic mixed media images that captivate and intrigue.