The Dutch painter Pascal Möhlmann adores Van Dyck and collaborates with Virgil Abloh. He calls his style New Beauty with Punk Rock Attitude because he turns away from cynicism and irony. “I learned a language from the old masters and brought it into the present. I paint what is now”, says Möhlmann.
He makes use of art history in the image archive and covers, for example, a Descent from the Cross by Rubens and the myth of Narcissus. For example, while Rubens takes the body of Christ from the cross with tears, Möhlmann takes the pathetic pose to reflect the state of intoxication in search of the self in the digital age.
Pascal Möhlmann gets up at 09:30 am every day and drinks a ginger tea. Throughout the rest of the day, he drinks 5 espressos.
Pascal Möhlmann has six slices of spelled bread with vegan peanut butter for breakfast every day.
Pascal Möhlmann has never used Zoom or Skype, and he has never been live on Instagram.
Pascal Möhlmann has never been to Berlin.
Pascal Möhlmann is Dutch and lives in Switzerland.
Pascal Möhlmann has 25 tattoos, one of which is a monogram of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Pascal Möhlmann only listens to classical music. In his studio, he listens to THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG all the time.
Pascal Möhlmann has read Harry Mulisch's 900-page book THE DISCOVERY OF HEAVEN 12 times.
Pascal Möhlmann is 52 years old.
Pascal Möhlmann drives a motorcycle but has never driven a car himself.
Pascal Möhlmann lives and works in Zurich. He studied fine arts at the HKU art school in Utrecht. In 2017, he portrayed the current Bishop Markus Büschel and his two predecessors, Ivo Fürer and, posthumously, Othmar Mäder for the diocese of Sankt Gallen. Since 2018, he has been collaborating with Virgil Abloh for Off-White, among others, for the TORNADO WARNING (F/W 2020 collection).
PIETÀ, 2020, oil on canvas, 160 x 200 cm
FOREVER, 2019, oil on canvas, 220 x 130 cm