I’m honored to join Dr Alessandro Marroni, Dan Europe, Sponsor of the prize and graphic artist genius Schlomo Cohen to judge the competition of best posters for Silence of the Sharks.
The announcement will broadcast in an underwater ceremony in Eilat, Israel, mid Sept.
We’re working on 340 amazing artworks submitted by children from various countries around the world. More info on FB or https://silenceofthesharks.org/pcm/The-Voice-of-the-Children
Now it’s your turn to vote for your favorite shark poster.
• During July 25- August 3, a public vote will be held online. Any registered member on the website can login and vote once.
• At the same time, a professional jury panel set by the production will score each of the posters.
• The final score of each poster will be calculated based on public votes (50%) and jury panel’s score (50%).
• On August 3rd, online voting concludes and the best 5 posters with the highest final score will reach the finals.
• On September 10th, we’ll be selecting the winning poster out of the 5 best posters which have reached the finals in an underwater live broadcasted ceremony.
on the Satil wreck dive site, Eilat, Israel, It will be live broadcasted online (YouTube, Facebook and our media
• The winning poster of them all will be awarding its young creator and one of his parents with an invitation (flights and accommodation) to participate in the event, Sponsor by DAN Europe.
2016 Silent Auction in Aid of Project AWARE Read more … with an artist proof of the Matador (non-commercial edition) donated by Pascal
- Securing new protections for over-exploited shark and ray species.
- Working with dive volunteers year-round to remove and report marine litter from underwater environments and pushing for policy changes leading to marine debris prevention at national, regional, and international levels.
- Leading and inspiring the next generation of Eco-divers and using the power of scuba to influence change.
- Strengthening partnerships with conservation groups, government bodies, responsible corporations, and others committed to eliminating marine debris and protecting shark and ray species at risk.
Uzzi, the most recognized dive apparel in the world, reunited once again with Pascal lecocq for style and comfort of art and ocean lovers.
Several artworks by Pascal are displayed at Uzzi new location 5801 Wiley str , Hollywood FL 33023 ph: 954-777-9595. New line of T and Towels available.
Pascal and Uzzi are collaborating together since 1999. More
This is an exhibition that will feature original art works from a talented group of selected artists throughout South Florida celebrating Hispanic Heritage.
Curated by Elizabeth Erazo Baez
Opening Night Reception Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Free Entrance with RSVP by October 20 954-201-7821 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Complimentary Latin Live music, appetizers and refreshments. 11th floor
Silent Auction to benefit Broward College Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Alex Quiles, Carolina Mendez, Claudia Ojeda, David Alexis, Elena Plaza, Elizabeth Erazo Baez, Ileana Collazo, Ivette Ortiz, Jamie Cuc, Katey Penner, Lourdes Dewick., Luis Alberto Montes, Luz Aponte, Midala Rosa, Nancy Martinez, Pascal, Raul Fernandez, Richard Bello Landaeta, Victor Grace, William Verne
Featuring Corrida III, – The Matador, a archival digital printing on museum quality canvas using pigment based inks, 35hx28w, # AP
Broward College Ft Lauderdale
Broward College/ 11th Floor –
111 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Dive the Big Blue: A HISTORICAL AFFAIR Vol. 2
These enlightening limited edition coffee table books offer an exhaustive depiction of the diving world, coupled with stunning artwork and photography
Release Date: 03 September 2014.
The water of our planet has always been my muse. It is the source of everything we hold dear. It connects all the people in all the countries of the world. But it’s no longer enough to protect one body of water without thinking about its neighbour. For example, what happens in China impacts the ability of our waters to sustain life throughout the US and the world – and vice versa. Today, we all must work together to ensure a healthy world. We’ve had all the second chances we’re going to get. The health of the planet is directly tied to what we do, right here, right now.
Country : Singapore
Publisher : Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
Author : Asian Diver
In addition to the remakes of the Corrida, and with my taste to play with the masterpieces of the classic artworks… it was fun to place the Matador within others paintings.
They have been published in a special chapter of “Chefs-d’oeuvre/masterpieces by Pascal Lecocq” (Usa, 2011), available online, under the name of ”Self References”.
Excerpt: ” And Pascal did more than one with his signature pic of “The Matador”, as a painting buried in Santa’s sack, hung on wall in a living or a board room, on a poster seen by transparency on a window, or as a sculpture inspired by it at the top of the Colosseum or displaying the famous beach towel made from his masterpiece.”
Larger pics to be published on the social medias this week.
Pascal is a big fan of all paintings depicting a Cabinet of Curiosities like the ones of Frans Francken
the Younger (1581-1642) or Jacques Poirier (1928-2002), the master of the realist
“Trompe l’Oeil”…, or a gallery of paintings like painted by Paolo Panini (1691-1765), or Hubert
Robert (1733-1808)…, intimately making an immemorial chain of artifacts, artworks,
painters to continue…
If one sees Pascal’s connections with collector Sir Joan Soane (1753-1837), writer
Georges Pérec (1936-1982) or filmmaker Peter Greenaway (b.1942), and his wit
playing with riddles, rebuses, alliterations, correspondences, puns, symbols and
numbers, it is logical to end with a painting composed as a matryoshka doll: the
bears look at a billboard, which is a previous Pascal’s painting (“Cuppycake”), which
includes a towel printed on with Pascal’s signature painting “The Matador”.”
Oil on canvas by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 61x76cm, 24″x30″, 2009. lec801. Private collection, Dale City, VA.
Prints on paper or canvas available.
Published in Ocean Geographic (Australia, 201o).
I’m not used to paint several versions of a painting as I have so many ideas for new subjects and not enough time…
Despite some businessmen asking me to make a serie on the subject with the different passes of the bullfighting… I’d prefer working on a new idea. There is one Corrida, that’s it. (see previous post about the original painting).
When I have been planning to organize my 20th anniversary restropective with a large amount of paintings, I thought of making a large size painting. But it’s not, had never been, and will never be, the way I’m working. When I get an instant idea and I see it in my head, I know which size it will be.
Instead of looking what to do, I decided to redo the Matador in a huge size.
Corrida Grande – acrylic paints on canvas by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 360x300cm , 142″x118″, lec453, 1995, public.coll.Nausicaa, Centre de la Mer, Boulogne sur Mer, France. © www.pascal-lecocq.com.
Published in Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-marine Programme (France, 1997), Nice-Matin (France, 1997), Dykking (Norway, 1999), Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-marine Programme (France, 1999), Diving Club (Russia, 2000).
Then, when the edition of 3000 prints came to an end, and while I was starting to publish numbers of multiples of my paintings (giclees on paper, canvas or tiles), I needed a great picture of the original painting to proceed with. But I was in the USA, the original was in Paris and all the transparencies I had, not good enough to print.
I decided to redo The Matador for myself, not for sale, in a larger size than the original.
“Corrida III”, oil on canvas 48″x40″ was completed in 2006 and been published in different sizes and supports. It was the artwork shown at the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale for the Shark Exhibition May 2012-Jan 2013.
Corrida III -The Matador III-, oil on canvas by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 122×102 cm, 48″x40″, 2006, lec725, artist coll. ©www.pascal-lecocq.com.
Published in Northwest Dive News (cover, USA, 2007), Diving Almanac Yearbook (Canada, 2007), Diving Almanac book of Records (Canada, 2010), Web Plongee (France, 2010), Dive News Wire (USA, 2010), Dive News Wire (USA, 2010), X-Ray Mag (Denmark, 2010), Chefs-d’oeuvre / Masterpieces by Pascal Lecocq (USA, 2011), Shark ! a visual story (USA, 2012), Travelhost magazine(USA, 2012), Padi (USA, 2013).
An other opportunity I jumped at was the underwater exhibition in a quarry in Québec in 2010. During the 1st exhibition of AQUART 2010, in the workshop of the Aquartistes, five huge half-spheres of 4 feet by 8, were painted by the artists under the eyes and sometimes with the collective complicity of the public. I realized a new version of my “Matador”. The half-spheres are immersed in the Flintkote Quarry , added to the permanent works which AQUART leaves at the bottom of water every year since 2008. The short notice and short session allowed me to choose again the Matador, which I painted with acrylic paints – not my favorite medium, but considering the timing (Aug 6-7-8, 2010) and the location of the artwork….-.
Corrida Aquart, acrylic on fiberglass by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, half sphere 122x244cm, 4″x8″, 2010, lec814, public coll. Thetfort Mines, Québec ©www.pascal-lecocq.com.
Published in Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-marine Programme (France, 2010), Divosea (France, 2010), En Profondeur (Québec, 2011), InVertum (Russia,2011).
I made also a Corrida alike watercolors painting for the 10th anniversary of the Yam Magazine (Israel, 1998):
Corridyam, watercolors on paper by Pascal Lecocq, The Painter of Blue ®, 20.4 x 31cm, 8″x12″, Lec490a, 1997, priv.coll. Raamana, Israel. © www.pascal-lecocq.com
Published in Yam (Israel, 1998).
For promoting the first Uzzi towel, I repainted the Matador on the windows of the Uzzi stores…
On Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Feb 2001
On John Ringling Circle, Sarasota, Florida, Feb, 2001
On Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, dec 2001
I even made a body painting of it, Feb 2001.
The full serie of the Sketchbook Projects by the Art-House co-op and Brooklyn Art Library I’m still working on, bears a drawing logo of the Corrida page one of each volume.
And the fun part now: I put the Corrida inside other paintings.
…in the next posts.
The Corrida has been published almost 95 times (as our knowledge) in 20 different countries.
Here are the links from our pressbook to read them online:
Nice-Matin (France, 1993), Lettre de Méditerranée 2000 (France, 1994), Yam (cover, Israel, 1995), Mer et Littoral (France, 1995), Red sea Magazine (Israel, 1995), Le Pays d’Auge (France, 1995), Marie-Claire Maison (France, 1996), Plongee-Magazine (France, 1996), Connaissances des Hommes (France, 1996), Librairie du Plongeur (France, 1996), Océans (France, 1996), Duiken (The Netherlands, 1997), Tauchen (Germany, 1997), Tslilia (Israel, 1997), Yam (Israel, 1998), Oktopus (Russia, 1998), Katadysi (cover, Greece, 1998), World Expo’98 Lisboa (Portugal, 1998), Sport Divers Journal (cover, China, 1998), Fun Plongee (Belgium, 1998), Masq (Belgium, 1998), Pascal Lecocq Diving Book (cover, Israel, 1999), Dykking (Norway, 1999), Le Renouveau (Tunisia, 1999), Diving Club (Russia, 2000), Uzzi Catalogue (USA, 2000), Oktopus (Russia, 2001), Sarasota Herald Tribune (USA, 2201), Asian Diver (Singapore,2001), Eco-Nature (Nouvelles-Calédonie, 2002), Submarine (Hungary, 2002), Neptun (Russia, 2003), Fantasea (USA, 2003), L’Equipe-Magazine (France, 2003), Mer et Littoral (France, 2003), Aqua (Ukraina, 2003), Montmartre à la Une (France, 2005), Yam (Israel, 2006), Diver (Canada, 2006), Teva (France, 2009), Going Down (USA, 2010), Coral Magazine (USA, 2011).
As the Corrida III: Northwest Dive News (cover, USA, 2007), Diving Almanac Yearbook (Canada, 2007), Diving Almanac book of Records (Canada, 2010), Web Plongee (France, 2010), Dive News Wire (USA, 2010), Dive News Wire (USA, 2010), X-Ray Mag (Denmark, 2010), Chefs-d’oeuvre / Masterpieces by Pascal Lecocq (USA, 2011), Shark ! a visual story (USA, 2012), Travelhost magazine (USA, 2012), Padi (USA, 2013).
September 11th is a time marker (not related to the tragic event) for me.
Actually, in 1993, I completed the first version of the Corrida, aka The Matador.
I didn’t know that it will become my signature painting, spreading successfully all over the world, on front cover magazines, beach towels and tattoos to name a few (more detailed coming in posts this week).
20 years of success, from the sale I made at my first appearance at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes in 1993 where I show the freshly done painting, to the walls of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Shark ! exhibition May 2012-January 2013) including a permanent display at the bottom of a quarry in Thetford-Mine, Québec (since August 2010).
Schedule of the making of the painting and pictures of the posing session with my neighbor and friend Jean-Michel making passes at the top of the stool will be provided later (still in my French studio) !
While working for the set design of the French opera Carmen, a production of the Salzburger Landestheater (Austria), I looked for documentation about this story involving a bullfighter at the city library of Caen (Normandy, France) and I bought some books (no internet at this time….). Browsing the pictures, I got the idea of an underwater Matador playing with a shark (a great white, not a bull shark as I didn’t know much about it).
Nothing related with an interest in bullfighting for which I can’t stand for.
The original Corrida was a 46×38 cm, 19″x15″, oil on linen canvas, completed and signed 9/11, 1993, opus lec368, first exhibited at the 20th World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes in November 1993 where it was sold to a returning customer and art collector (Courbevoie, France). (Below, the original painting during Pascal’s Retrospective Exhibition 1977-2007 at the Paris Dive show, with Claude Wesly from the Team Cousteau).
An edition of postcards was made in 1993, then an artprint edition (of 3000, sold out). In 1999, the Uzzi Company (Fort Lauderdale) launched a large beach towel and tee-shirts spreading my picture over the world. A new edition of the Uzzi beach towel started in May 2012. New multiples on paper and canvas as signed limited edition and merchandizing followed.
The Matador made the buzz in publishing since 1993 and was featured in 4 front covers of magazines in Israel, Greece, China, and USA.
And… my picture was copied for fun, or stolen, used without agreement… the artist’s cross to bear.
I’m sure lucky to have achieved my signature painting 20 years ago, and to have seen it enjoyed by thousands of patrons and friends supporting my work. I can’t be enough thankful for that.
Talk to you in 20 years !!! Olé !