January 2001: Pascal in New Orleans at the Dema show (photo Ph.Lachot)
D.o.b 4th June 1958, in Fontainebleau (Seine et Marne, France)Student of Mrs Yvonne Bouisset-Mignon,
Ecole Comairas – Foundation Taylor-, Fontainebleau, (73-77).Regular exhibitions since 1977 in France and abroad: 200 solo exhibitions worldwide (USA, HAWAII, ENGLAND, GERMANY, JAPAN…), at all dive shows since 1992 (BTS, OWU, SEASPACE, OCEAN FEST, WORLD UNDERWATER FESTIVAL ANTIBES, SILVER SHARK KIEV, PARIS DIVE SHOW…), and DEMA SHOW every year since 1998 (DEMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2001).
Moved in Normandy (Calvados – France) in 1982, and opens his own workshop in Honfleur in 1988. Since 2001, he’s working in a new studio in Fort Lauderdale (FL).
Doctorate of Arts (Ph.D)
Thesis on Opera Stage Decoration (Paris VIII University, 1985)
Opera set designer and costumes designer from 1985 to 1996 in collaboration with renowned stage director Philippe Godefroid (Tosca, Traviata, Ring, Parisfal…) in France and Belgica.
Author of hundred articles and conferences on painting and on opera, specially on the technique of Ancient Masters and on Anatomy. Regular contributor to art magazines Techniques des Arts and Artistes et Techniques (1986-1990) and author of several collective books about technique of painting.
Pascal received the Diploma of Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Nuclear Safety of Ukraine for his personal contribution on the cause of rising of interest of people to underwater world and its protection, environmental protection and nuclear safety. (june 2003)
Pascal Foundation for the Arts and Environmental Education which goal should be to help and promote children to express themselves by painting and being concerned by the environment is in construction.
Pascal LECOCQ has been exhibiting his work across Europe for the last thirty years and his paintings can be found in galleries and private collections around the world.
Although his work includes surreal landscapes and opera decors, he has become famous for his images of divers in surreal situations enveloped in remarkable blue vistas.
Pascal LECOCQ loves telling stories.The characters evolve in their natural but surrealistic environment in which the spectators dive: this achieves the magic. Be it a diver “bullfighting” a great white shark, a group of divers playing leapfrog, or basketball or even ballroom dancing we are amused but in the same time, we never doubt the dignity of the character portrayed. Pascal Lecocq “frogman” character quickly becomes as charming as, dare say, Charlie Chaplin “the little Tramp”.
The work of Pascal Lecocq reflects his humor, poetry, dreams and imagination.
Pascal Lecocq is a graduate of the University in Paris with a doctorate in Art.
He is the author of a Ph.D thesis on opera decors.
His pictorial research and color work point to his great admiration of Van Eyck and Vermeer while his landscapes show the influence of Dali. His work is extremely personal and his matter is smooth, bright and delicate.
Pascal is a member of:
- OCEAN ARTIST SOCIETY (Usa, 2003)
- SOCIETY OF ART OF IMAGINATION (AOI, Uk, 2001)
- SOCIETE DES ARTS DE L’IMAGINAIRE ET DU REVE (SAFIR, France, 2000)
- HDS (Historical Diving Society, 2002)
- FONDATION DU FESTIVAL DE L’IMAGE SOUS-MARINE (France, 2002)
- FONDATION TAYLOR (France, 1977)
- Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital – DAN – Diveheart - Kayak Against Cancer – Lighthouse International – Ocean Watch – Our Underwater World Scholarship Rolex Foundation – Reef Environmental Education Foundation – Sharks Angels – Shark Research Institute.