Biography

Born in 1943 in Paris, Pierre Risch is a professional painter, engraver, lithograph, sculptor, and French designer. The artist, distinguished watercolorist and pastelist has received the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

He falls in love with the techniques of watercolor and pastel so unfairly dismissed at that time and decides to give them back their true worth. Since 1960, Pierre Risch invests himself in technical research and innovation. This will be one of his major artistic commitment.

From 1959 to 1960, he studied at the “École supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” in Strasbourg.In 1964 he moved to Montmartre where he met one of his Masters, Jean-Louis Viard from who he took evening classes. Pierre Risch learned all the traditional art of print : the etching, the aquatint, the dry point, and also the lithography and screen printing.

He realised different etchings with the traditional technique on copper, in the famous studio Lacourière – Frélaut in Montmartre, (collected by the Cabinet des Estampes from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France).

The artist won a first prize of young painter in Geneva, Switzerland in 1970.

Pierre Risch and the art of Watecolor.

In the years 60 – 70, watercolor often remains preparatory work of the final oil. So he decides to assert the watercolor’s technique as full totally, abandoning painting in oil. The artist works in series (girls, chairs, balloons…) Over the years and gallery exhibitions its willingness and determination bear fruits.

Early 1970s, Pierre Risch develops a technique of watercolor to fully wet the paper and away a product for screen painting, (drawing gum) to preserve the white of the paper, to keep at the watercolor, its essential quality of transparency, subtlety and not to have the often seen bad effect of gouache. He paints watercolors very large formats, mainly landscapes, with a poetic character he finds the best transparencies and lighting. His watercolors are made on site during various trips.

Pierre Risch and the art of Pastel

After being practiced by the greatest masters in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, pastel fell into disuse.

In 1970, in collaboration with JM Paillard et Lambertye manufacturers, Pierre Risch working on the development of new shades of dry pastels and new media. With determination the artist organizes a series of didactic and popular exhibitions expressing his love for pastel, he then creates the PASTEL PASSION® et PASSION PASTEL®, titles wich become over the years his imprint and his official professional mark.

Renowned pastelist master, Pierre Risch is pending a full subject. He works on the revival of the Carnival of Venice with his Venetian friends. Humanism which then emerges, will become the central theme of his work.

“Pierre Risch has become the painter of Celebrations and color as well as the friend of all the characters of the Italian Comedy who live in his paintings […] With his handwriting where the fathoms all secrets, he translates with surprising mastery, the thousand different shimmers of the rain, of clouds, of mist, or the water sparkling in grey daylight […]

This is where the artist’s worth lie : he is contributing back in favor an endearing technique which is too often thought as minor and which is so little – known. He shows us convincingly the various possibilities of plastic expressions that it offers artists of our time”.

Mrs Christine Debrie, Doctor in history of Art – Curator of the Museum Antoine Lecuyer – Maurice Quentin de La Tour in Saint-Quentin, France”.

Pierre Risch is involved in large-scale projects and organizes numerous didactic exhibitions devoted to Pastel. The artist enjoys the unfailing support of galleries, collectors and museums.

Paris, Bruxelles, Geneve, Oslo, Abu Dhabi, New York, Tokyo… have exhibited his work to date.

His exhibitions are much enjoyed because of the quality of the work,  and because the paintings radiate gaiety,  his favourite themes being celebration, the Venice Carnival, Jazz, dance etc.
They bring happiness across the world.