Planchettes – Exhibition | ITW BISHOP PARIGO
Monsters both joyful and wicked, cute and unhinged posing in the “family photo” mode under the dreamy eyes of their creator! The universe is made, and is located between the video games of the early 90’s (pixel less), and Happy Tree Friends.
Meeting with Bishop Parigo Aka Nicolas Poirier, the biological father of these colourful critters.
Hi Nicolas, how are you?
I’m fine thank you ?
A small question that has intrigued me since the beginning … Why Bishop Parigo? Where does it come from?
Bishop Parigo! Wow! It comes from …. a long time ago! I was in high school with some friends when we wanted to create a skateboarding brand! Our brand was Bishop Parigo! Bishop was a name given to people in the United States who wear their pants a little low. This name represented us well! And then after that we all kind of went our seperate ways … but I have kept this name ever since then. Good memories!
Can you tell me a little about your background, what led you to the illustrations that you do today …
You must have already heard this before but I have been drawing from an early age. And so naturally I turned towards design and graphic studies. I did a graphic designer diploma to work in sign painting. Then I did a further diploma in model designing and a year of working and studying at the same time. Drawing was more something that I did at home, in the train, during lesson etc … Drawing animals and birds started quite early! I’ve never managed to do portraits. When drawing a human there was always something that didn’t quite work: the proportions, eye, mouth placement …. and when you draw a face badly … well I think it’s weird, it deforming …. So I quickly drew small monsters, animals straight from my imagination, I do what I want : one, two, three eyes ; legs, no legs, no arms, hair … You can really enjoy yourself. You can distort them, making the drawings as you wish without being “weird.” I LOVE this freedom !
Your world is an abstract of good humor which is for both children and adults. Can you describe it to us in a few words.
Hmm … it’s difficult! It represents me a lot. It is really what is in my head. The small world that I imagine. I’m really glad it pleases both children as wells as adults. I’ve never drawn to please just one kind of person!
Your drawings can be found on canvasses, pillows, stuffed animals and accessories. What would be the craziest material that you would like to work on?
Yes I have worked on many different materials, but I have now calmed down a lot. Today, I would like to do a cartoon. So if I had a dream, that would be it!
Now speaking of the exhibition “Planchettes”, what motivated you to follow us?
I already knew and liked the OLOW brand, and then we met and discussed the project. I followed you right away without question. And as a dried sausage lover… customising a chopping board … wow! I had no choice but to follow you! haha
Can you explain to us in a little more detail what you done on your board?
I wanted to do something of a change for me. Not paint on the board or make a collage, which are things I’ve done before. But go with the idea of laser … the finish and accuracy on the wood was really perfect!
I drew a bird as I love doing them, cut in half with in addition, the form of dried sausage! A dried sausage bird … hmm weird!
Ok we will end with the question of “mate promotion” as we often do … If you had to do a little advertising for a mate of yours in illustration, who would you say?
I would choose my mate Damien from DCPAINT! Superb lettering work, mixed with animals, and more! Really a must to discover!!!!