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Pascual i Nogués (b. 1981)
Figure 1. Andradite, 80 × 7.50; charcoal and graphite on paper.
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M ost artists work in color, but creating art in black and white is much more difficult than one would imagine. subtle differences in tone (intensity of shades) can be challenging to achieve, and rendering images of crystals on paper is all the more demanding. alexandre Pascual has certainly captured the essence of minerals in his art, presenting remarkable images of crystals using the simplest of mediums: charcoal and
Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.
Figure 3. Barite, about 70 × 7.50; charcoal on paper.
Figure 2. Staurolite, 60 × 60; charcoal on paper.
Figure 4. Schorl, 9.50 × 60; charcoal and graphite on paper. graphite. Pascual says, “i feel more comfortable with them, working with black and white and constructing volumes with lights and shadows.” illustrations for this article were created in 2010 and 2011.
Born in Barcelona, spain, Pascual remembers that as a child he was more interested in drawing with pencils than playing with toys. He asserts that he is a self-taught artist and was “mainly inspired by the Catalan artist Emilio
Freixas and the engravings by the French artist Gustave
Doré.” at age fourteen, Pascual attended the Foment Gracienc de les Belles arts in Barcelona, and through his studies there, he began to perfect his drawing technique.
Pascual presently works in the gems and jewelry trade, which provided his introduction to the world of minerals and crystals. He visited the Natural History Museum in
Barcelona, where the staff was happy to answer questions about the forms and development of the dizzying array of minerals on view. He says: “this new world was a challenge to my art; it was different from all i [had] drawn before. translating some samples of minerals (with such exotic-sounding names as pseudomorph [of] goethite, schorl, or ilvaite) to a wide paper allowed me to see each of these single pieces as a splendid structure revealing a lot of small details previously hidden. it was a new world that i needed to convert [into] art [and] translate to paper as lights and shadows, as volumes and structures.” His first exhibit was having his art selected in 2003 for an international contest sponsored by the inglada-Guillot Foundation in Barcelona. another important aspect of this artist’s life is the theater—he occasionally performs at the nearby Lluisos de
Gracia. Pascual also enjoys writing; he has finished one
Figure 6. Orthoclase, 7.50 × 4.50; charcoal on paper.
Figure 5. Schorl, 9.50 × 60; charcoal and graphite on paper.
Figure 7. Ilvaite, 6.50 × 5.50; charcoal and graphite on paper. book, which has not yet been published, and another is nearing completion. He states that most of his time is “dedicated to my two sons; [i am] so proud of them.” raising them has been the focus of his life.
Pascual’s art can be viewed on his website: www.actiweb. es/alphanog/. aCKnoWLEDGMEnT i thank Carlos Curto Mila for his help with this article. ❑ 356 ROCKS & MINERALS