Working in the tradition of drawing with pastel and, more recently, weaving, Virgil Baruchel approaches his subjects instinctively. His works portray an abstracted human form in electric colours, and are imbued with a sense of irony and humour. Exploring the relationship between the outward-facing self and the private, inner self, his technique of layering pastel and oil stick plays with ideas of transparency and exposure. Baruchel is also a self-taught weaver, having taken up this ancestral medium as a way of connecting with his own Moroccan and Egyptian heritage. The use of brightly coloured paracord brings a historical art form into dialogue with a completely contemporary world.
Baruchel is a Paris-born artist living and working in London. He has exhibited in Canada, the USA, and France.