I absolutely love collage art; it was one of the first art genres I remember really getting into as a kid. I just loved the way collage artists could take divergent images and make them work together in the service of a message or a story. Hence, I was understandably excited to recently discover the amazing collages of French artist Julien Pacaud.
According to his website, “Julien Pacaud is an artist and illustrator, currently living in Le Mans, France. Before becoming an illustrator, he was, by turns : an astrophysician, an international snooker player, a hypnotist and an esperanto teacher. He hopes he can someday have enough free time to devote himself to his real passion : time travel.”
Now don’t know how much of that is true, and I’m sure deeper research may be required (as it turns out, none of it is). But real or imagined, his eccentric background might help to explain his surreal digital collages, which are somehow both retro and futuristic. He creates mesmerizing fictional spaces that welcome the viewer with a stirring clash of the strange and the familiar.
Trained in cinematography, Pacaud is heavily influenced by the enormous back catalogue of images from film and television, which he routinely raids for his own collage-style compositions. He concentrates particularly on retro visuals from the 1970s to the 1990s. His Magritte influences are obvious and a strong taste for the linear produces environments that playfully evoke the mythology of a not-too-distant future.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s set the Way-Back Machine for straight into the future with the amazing collage art of Julien Pacaud!