Pascal Loubet

Pascal Loubet

Pascal Loubet

Loubet grew up in Le Havre, France and by the age of seventeen, he already was creating art. He began doing very fundamental nude and portrait photographs. From there he moved on to lifestyle and sports images and worked for the clothing line Ron Dorff and other similar premium sportswear brands. Though his first photograph published in 1984, 2004 is the year when he considers to officially started his career in photography.

The ease of producing images by incorporating his own personal taste and fascination for the male form led him to choose the nude art genre. Using his own phobia of clutter, Pascal Loubet strips away anything unnecessary and with no meaning from his photographs. The resulting images showcase a stark contrast between the male body's hard curves and the straight lines from the geometric shapes or even very plain surfaces of the background. Furthermore, the phrase from a French playwright, "the incandescent glow of grey," aptly describes his photographic style.

Through his images, Pascal Loubet highlights the masculine characteristics of the models in his photographs and showcases their toned muscles. He prefers to use different lighting techniques such as flashlights, continuous lights, or natural light to further enhance the effects in each of his images. Furthermore, his portfolio consists of sport and lifestyle stories as well as abstract subjects. He believes that the purpose of an image is to tell a story. An image should have a similar effect a moving distant memory has on a viewer. Though he still enjoys capturing the male form, he currently focuses more on reproducing memories from his own youth.

Pascal Loubet’s body of work finds inspiration from painters and architects such as the American realist painter Edward Hopper, the German art school the Bauhaus, the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, and the American-German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Furthermore, the work of Japanese film director and screenwriter Yasujirō Ozu, the American Southern Gothic film titled Suddenly Last Summer, the German-American film director Douglas Sirk, and the movement of Italian neorealism—more specifically the early work of Italian film directors Pier Paolo Pasolini and Roberto Rossellini—also influence his creativity. Additionally, he also admires the work of American art photographer Ralph Gibson, American fashion photographer Bruce Weber, German photographer Herbert List, Brazilian photographer Alair de Oliveira Gomes, and German film director Leni Riefenstahl.

Pascal Loubet holds an MD degree in Modern Literature and Arts as well as a Ph.D. degree in Communication. His work exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, mainly in France. Most notably, his images displayed at FIAC (Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain), Art-Paris, Paris-Photo, other several international art fairs, and on French and American television. Furthermore, his male nude images published in various photo book volumes.[1]

Selected Exhibitions

Faces #1 (30 minutes version)
Installation in a projection-room (4,50 x 4,50 x 3m) on three 56 x 92 LCD screen
L’Onde, Cultural Center, Vélizy-Villacoublay May 4–22 2004

Faces #1 (12 minutes version)
Installation in a projection hall on four 40 x 30 giant screens
Grande Halle, Dock des Suds Festival, Marseille October 6–31 2004

Faces #3
Installation on a 56 x 92 LCD screen
colette Concept-store, Paris October 17-23 2004

Faces #2
LCD screen and 50 x 60 prints
Two series of nine 13 x 18 prints (Carissime-Aimée & Germain-Lucius)
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris March 31 - April 30 2005


Featured Artwork

Faces 2
Duration: 15 mins
Edition: 8/11
Archival: DVD
Exhibition copy: mp4 digital file
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Provence: Galerie Esther Woerdehoff