Interview for Blog
Name: Bergès (PB as artist name)
Location: Origné, Pays de la Loire, France
Website address (if applicable): http://www.galerie-com.com/artiste/pb53/22455/
1. Please describe your artwork style
Born in 1958, Patrick Bergès (PB as artist name) gives life to a naive and colorful world. Wide colored tint areas painted with raw acrylic paint are juxtaposing; shadows and volumes are suggested thanks to a black line in the style of the "light line"(inspired by the comic strip Belgian school).Stoned houses, closed shutters, hanging clothes floating in the wind and ... "cinquecento" Fiat allude to the Mediterranean atmosphere well-known from Corsica to Italy and from Spain to the French Riviera, even if other inspiring influences such as Brittany also contribute to his work.
2. Who or what are your biggest influences?
Evidently the comic strip belgian school and particulary Hergé, father of Tintin... Today, all comics influenced by the “light line” style like Jim (“A night in Roma”), Cosey (“Italian travel”) or Kuijpers (“Franka”)
3. Which current art world trends are you following?
My influence is based upon my own experience, my history, and before all the images, sensations of childhood in the light of the mediterranean atmosphere
4. Where do you do your work?
At home, essentially with photographies, journey diary, travel notebooks...
5. What do you feel is the role of the artist in society?
To give emotion, pleasure and optimism...
6. What technique/s / mediums do you use?
Acrylic on canvas with only raw acrylic paint. I never utilize mixed paint.
7. Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
Booth but the engine of creation is for me “to feel like doing” with the objective to “make somebody want to do”
8. Where do you find your ideas for your work?
Essentially after travels in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal or other mediterranean countries... I also have inspiration walking in the streets of celtic cities in Brittany
9. Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
Two of them, because one has been selected fot the “Berliner artprize 2016 and another in Italy, fot the CCBA catalog (Concorso Buenos aires Milano 2015,2016)
10. How do you know when a work is finished?
Never. Some monthes later i can touch up a color or a title or... everithing
11. What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My travel notebook. Yes... Whisky