Yannick Bouchard Pages:
I was born in December 1982, in
Chicoutimi (Québec, Canada). I obtained my baccalaureate in visual
arts at the Laval University of Québec City in 2005.
Art has always been a passion to
me. As a kid, drawing was the favourite activity of mine and already
back then I knew I wanted to be an artist. I was interested in
comics at a younger age, but it's only in college that painting
became my main interest. My inspiration first came with the
acquaintance of surrealist painters. I discovered then a world of
peculiar images with obscure meanings, exploring figuratively
abstract concepts through their own strange and personal vision of
life, pursuing the mysteries of subconscious and dreams, bringing a
different view on perception, reality, human mind and desires.
I am not claiming myself as a
"surrealist artist", but my art is undeniably marked by their
influence. I was also very impressed by some notable fantasy
artists, as well as erotic artists; the way they depict beauty and
sensuality, and how they bring grandiose imaginary worlds to life.
Overall, my paintings are more or
less a mixture of all those types; surrealism, fantasy, erotic, with
a touch of symbolism and even sometimes macabre. But most of all, my
paintings are images resulting of my inner thoughts and feelings;
they are the expression of my love for the human body, the inspiring
curves of femininity, as well as the superphysical side of the human
mind, the mystical and the magical, or just very simple little
things, like textures, colors and nature. They are not intellectual
pieces. They don't depict sophisticated and complicated opinions and
cryptic theories. Their essence is to stimulate the imagination and
guide viewers where only they want to go.
Mostly, I paint for myself; I paint
what I want, I paint what I like, what moves me, what I feel and
what I am.