Irvin Pascal (b. 1987 lives and works in London) is known for his arresting and monumental sculptural work, built of matter or constructed from ebonised wood, which can be translated into a poetic abstraction of a body. Within the bounds of that body, a passive face peers through, gazing endlessly at that which it cannot see. Pascal has developed an affinity for working with plaster and clay, but increasingly questioned these materials durability or nobility. This lead to the development of the artists own unique material- Pascollar, the result of years of experimenting with a variety of sculpting and painting materials. Pascal’s immensely physical totemic works fluctuate between enigmatic and aggressive and addresses questions of race and masculinity through a very certain deployment of material and its treatment.
The artist is one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries for 2017 and is participating later this year in group exhibition Talisman in the age of difference, curated by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2018). Recent exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Block 336, London (2018) and BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2017); PIAF, Copeland Gallery, London (2017); The Long Count, Von Goetz Art, London (2017); Atkinson Gallery, Somerset (2018); and BHM, Latham Watkins, London (2017). The artist’s work is also included in collections such as Latham Watkins LLP.