Recently we had the chance to talk with Jochen Paesen, one of the BMW designers, about his artwork and his personal website. If you don't know what we are talking about, we suggest you visit his website JochenPaesen.com. In short, it's a great website where you will find only good art.
Jochen Paesen was born in Belgium and, until now, he lived in South Africa, France, England, Netherlands and Germany. He went at Coventry University, then he spent 2 years at the Royal College of Art. In 2006, Jochen Paesen joined the design team at BMW.
AB: How exactly did you develop the passion for cars, photography and automotive beauty?
JP: Motorsport has always played an important role in our family and my dad took me to watch car racing from when I was very young. As a child I remember this amazing buzz when visiting car races. Having gotten introduced to racing in the late 70’s and early 80’s I can remember it being a very raw and dangerous sport. We watched many legends race some of the greatest circuits and this leaves an impression on a young boy.
Today, I still visit many races and spend hours photographing cars. Whether cars are moving or at stand still, there is so much to capture. For me photography is a way of framing a moment in time. Each second tells a story.
AB: When did you realize that cars are important for you?
JP: I cannot remember a time when cars were not important to me. When I was young I got introduced to drawing by Pierre Claes, a friend of my dad’s and I guess the passion for cars and drawing have been closely linked ever since.
AB: What artists or designers have influenced your work?
JP: Some time ago I discovered, and was fortunate enough to meet, an artist by the name of Jerome Lagarrigue. His work is really amazing, a combination of detail and abstraction, which brings emotion to the canvas. I love paintings that you can admire from a distance as well as from close-by at which point it becomes abstract art.
Designers don’t interest me so much as people. Instead, I admire the ones that have been able to make a difference, those that created a service or product able to change the way we do or see things. For me, Chris Bangle is one of those people, whom I have been fortunate to work for and who is able to motivate a team to push the boundaries and create new things. He is not afraid to ask questions and leave the comfort zone in search of something new. Time has shown that his approach has been very influential for the whole car industry.
AB: Jochen, can you tell us what is your most beloved artwork project?
JP:Each artwork is special. I love to make commissions for clients who want their own cars drawn. Another special moment though was when I drew the 24 hours of Le Mans 2008 LMP2 winning Porsche Spyder and got a chance to get each driver to sign it. Peter Van Merksteijn, Jeroen Bleekemolen and ex Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen.
AB: Let's say that the time machine exists and you can use it. In what XX century period would you go and what car would you like to design?
JP: As interesting as it might be to visit great styling houses such as Bertone or Pininfarina in the 60’s or 70’s, I think we are at the forefront of a big shift in the car industry. Things are changing and I cannot imagine a better time to be a car designer than now. The car industry is going through big changes and there is nothing more exciting than taking this responsibility in both hands and being part of this shift!
AB: We know that you are a car racing enthusiast. Can you also tell us what is/was your favorite racing driver of all times and why?
JP: I grew up watching Ayrton Senna race. He had so much talent and was also one of the fittest of his time. It was always nice to see him achieve what people previously thought impossible. His commitment to the sport was absolutely amazing. Absolute dedication.
Another ex-racing driver I greatly admire is Jacky Ickx! It is his all-round talent that is so impressive. He raced in Formula 1, was an extremely successful endurance racer (winning the 24 hours of Le Mans 6 times), Paris – Dakar winner and much, much more. There are very few racing drivers that are fast and faultless whatever they drive. Ickx was one of those.
AB: If you had the chance to talk with an important automotive designer, which one would it be?
JP: If I had the opportunity to dine with some great ‘creators’, it would reach beyond automotive design. Imagine having Alec Issigonis, the creator of the original Mini on one side and Architect and furniture designer Mies van der Rohe on the other. Both believed in the ‘less is more’ approach and it would be amazing to hear their vision regardless of how different each discipline might have been.
AB: What are your upcoming plans regarding your artwork?
JP: I will continue to create commissions for car enthusiasts who want their cars drawn, as this is always very satisfying. It is a nice feeling when there is a direct link between the owner and their car, and when I get the opportunity to put this down on paper.
NEWSLETTER Esti pasionat de tot ce misca in lumea auto? autobook.ro iti pune zilnic la dispozitie toate noutatile care conteaza. I will also visit several races this summer, modern as well as classic ones and take photographs. These trips always inspire me and upon my return home I usually end up producing some new works.
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