The Sweetest Taboo
Born in 1987 in London, Irvin Pascal was already filling entire sketchbooks while still in school. Since then, his obsession with art has completely taken hold. Portrait painting was his first passion; he drew inspiration from masters of the genre, like British painter Lucian Freud. But after successfully completing a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, Pascal initially pursued an entirely different interest: boxing. Pascal was a professional boxer until an injury forced him to retire from the ring. Outside the ring, however, he continued using artistic means to process his experiences. Finally, in 2017 he completed an M.F.A. at University of Brighton.
Meanwhile, his art has taken a different direction. When Pascal paints portraits today they have a symbolic character and a different visual language. His body of work also includes several self-portraits, like Self-triptych, which consists of three photographs.