OCTAVE MARSAL

Octave Marsal, a whiz with pencils, makes virtuoso drawings in which he intermingles and superposes epochs as well as subjects.

“Time and space are the basis of my work which is centred on the notion of utopia. Inspired by architectural drawings (by Palladio, Piranesi, Claude Parent, Frank Gehry, Yona Friedman) or Andō Hiroshige’s prints and Albrecht Dürer’s etchings, I create vast spaces and imaginary cities that emerge from nowhere and sometimes refer to specific urban or deserted geographical zones.

Through a notation process of cumulative drawings in notebooks, I find inspiration in architectural motifs and styles from many periods to fashion singular, utopian worlds.

Biography

Octave Marsal is a French drawing artist born in 1990.

In 2017, he graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master of Arts.

In 2014, he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Shortlisted for the 2014 Lowe Nova Award for Creative Talent at Central Saint Martins College for the collaborative installation LAB created with Théo de Gueltzl.

The black and white, large or medium-sized drawings in pigment ink are large vistas of unlikely yet precisely defined places. Abundant architectural elements and details require close viewing which could lead beholders to experience a meditative journey.  The viewer’s body is thereby challenged in its perceptual abilities as they are plunged into a somewhat dizzying state of instability.”

Exhibitions

To Gaether Festival at Carreau du Temple, Paris - Panama Biennale - Espace Commines, Paris - The Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition, London

Video piece in 2016 accompanied by a live performance of an extract from Bach’s Violin Concerto played by musicians of the Royal College of Music. The performance was filmed at The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall of the Royal College of Music in London.    

Légère inquiétude (‘Slight Concern’), LAB, monumental installation.
Galerie White Project. Curator: Pascale Krief. Paris, France.

LAB, monumental installation, collaborative work with Théo de Gueltzl

Shortlist exhibition of Lowe Nova Awards for Fresh Creative Talent, London, UK.

LAB, installation monumentale en duo avec Théo de Gueltzl.

Degree Show at Central Saint Martins College, London, UK.

Les Anges de la Mode. Dessins, exposition collective au profit de la Fondation Fashion for Future , Paris, France.
No Boundaries. Abstractions Faites, dessins à quatre mains avec Théo de Gueltzl.

The Gallery on the Corner Ltd, Londres, Royaume Uni.

Haalga, installation, Expérience collective. Collectif Ambre.

Gallery YOU-ADS Dupin, Paris, France.

Distinctions

2014 Special Runner Award du Hermione Hammond Drawing Award.

2014 Nova Award Creative Talent 2014 Lowe and partners du Central Saint Martins College.

Nominé pour l’œuvre monumentale LAB, installation en duo avec Théo de Gueltzl.