Christian ESCTAL

1955 - 2018


In 1976, at the age of 21, he moved to Paris where he worked in various small jobs and almost bulimically frequented museums, exhibitions and painting galleries, and became a regular at auction houses, particularly the Hôtel Drouot. It thus finely forms its taste and pictorial sense.


At 23 years old, Christian Esctal draws, paints, sculpts and finally joins the field for which he was made and in which he will never stop evolving.


Over the years, he has exhibited in various private venues and galleries in France, Belgium and Germany. His paintings were sold on numerous occasions by various auctioneers at the Hôtel Drouot, where he made his first contacts with the world of art lovers and collectors.


With a production as rich and varied as it is abundant, Christian Esctal is constantly looking for the form of expression that best reflects its reality.


At the end of the 1970s, despite the absence of real pictorial landmarks, Christian Esctal embarked on the adventure of creation. He uses a wide range of collage techniques; the papers are worked with felt before being glued on a canvas enhanced with acrylic. The tests are sometimes hesitant but show a strong sense of colour and its use in space.


At the very beginning of the 1980s, he began to use the canvas to project his fantasies, his fears and reveal an exacerbated sensitivity, in an irrepressible bubbling and an instinctive organization of space. Despite an apparent disorder, it is totally structured, the movement is thought out and controlled.


When you look closely, you see a whole world in front of you; each painting tells a story where sensuality, suffering and eroticism are omnipresent. The 1990s marked a creative surge that explored techniques and during which all media constituted an incentive to creativity.


This work marks a definite evolution in the artist's approach, which joins the universe of playful innocence that was lacking in his childhood.