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Sébastien BOUCHARD

Biography

Photo Sébastien BouchardSébastien BOUCHARD, cultural comings and goings and mixed influences
Sébastien Bouchard was born in 1971 in Le Loroux-Bottereau, a small town in the wine region of Nantes. His father was a riding instructor and instilled in him an interest in drawing and painting. His mother was an enlightened amateur photographer.
A musician, keen on surf, skate and indie rock culture, he began his studies in Fine Arts in Nantes where he quickly abandoned the formality of the conceptual framework to concentrate on graphics and the discovery of new digital tools. From 1994, in the school's digital workshop and with internet just starting to take off in France, he taught himself and produced his first flyers, posters and t-shirts for bands and local music festivals.

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His courses were interspersed with stays in Senegal, where he encountered the local art of recycling and outsider art that his father, resident there at the time, collected. As soon as he had pocketed his degree in 1996, Sébastien Bouchard distanced himself from contemporary art, which he considered far from his concerns, and he began his professional activity as a graphic designer and travelled.
During his stays in Brazil, where he furthered his capoeira training, he filled many notebooks. From 2001-2003 he settled in the Republic of Guinea and began a series of paintings produced on school blackboards, built by local Conakry artisans. When the opportunity arose to live in Senegal in 2005, he left his work as graphic designer in the studio that he had jointly opened a few years earlier.
He then established his home and workshop in the village of Palmarin, in Sine-Saloum, in southern Senegal. However it was in Dakar where he interacted with the local artistic scene, upon which followed numerous exhibitions and projects. In 2010, upon his return to his birthplace, Nantes, he continued his exhibitions and collaborations with artists from Dakar and between the years 2014-2016 he co-directed the workshop gallery Prisme, along with other artists from Nantes.
Using a variety of pictorial references and the multiple mediums he favours, the artist tries in his own way to overcome the separation between folk art and the "learned art" of fine arts schools. His work makes reference to painting and to graphic arts, as well as to urban and pop culture. From 2005, Sébastien Bouchard paints a series of characters and portraits that question cultural identity, revealing a strange Africa, modern yet elusive. "On his canvases, the planes become confused; the background, surface and volumes merge, generating strange depths; their beauty to be discovered by a wondering eye, a viewer's own suggestions and using imagination." Emmanuelle Chérel, art historian.

Studies

- Graduated DNSAP (Superior National Diploma of Fine Arts), Nantes School of Fine Arts – 1996
- Graduated DNSEP (National Diploma Fine Arts), Nantes School of Fine Arts - 1993

Solo Exhibitions

2016
- Zeinart Gallery - Nouakchott (Mauritania)
- "Révélations" - French Institute, Nouakchott (Mauritania)
2013
- "L'art prend L'air" - Nantes (France)
- "Afro-Remix" (video projection) Soul Weekender - Biscuiterie de Medina - Dakar (Senegal)
2012
- Mame Tiouth Gallery - Dak’Art Biennale Off, Saint-Louis (Senegal)
- Pannonica - Nantes (France)
2011
- "Sampled lives" - La Galleria, Dakar (Senegal)
- "L'histoire n'existe pas" - Château de la Gournerie - Saint-Herblain (France)
- "Tarmacs" - Espace Agora Gallery - Dakar (Senegal)
2010
- Espace Agora Gallery - Dakar (Senegal)
- Lodge des Collines de Niassam - Palmarin (Senegal)
2009
- "Vive la Delocalization" - Nantes (France)
- "Art Nomade" - Ngaparou (Senegal)
2008
- Le Jardin de Verre - Cholet (France)

Group Exhibitions

2016
- "Rentrée d'artistes" - Atelier 26 grammes – Nantes (France)
- Dak’Art 2016 Biennale - Agora Gallery - Dakar (Senegal)
- Salon ART3F – Nantes (France)
- La Nuit des Galeries - Atelier Prisme – Nantes (France)
- La Vinaigrerie - Le Pellerin
2015
- "Mochewpa" - Atelier Prisme – Nantes (France)
- "7 au Coteau" - Galerie 18 - Nantes (France)
- "Wild Life" - The Little Art House - Dakar (Senegal)
- "Regards sur cours" - Maison IFAN - Gorea Island (Senegal)
- "13th visual arts exhibition", Museo Théodore Monod, IFAN - Dakar (Senegal)
- Arte Galerie - Dakar (Senegal)
- "Regards sur Cours" - Isla de Gorea (Senegal)
2014
- Galerie Loic Vallée - Nantes (France)
- "l'Art prend l'air", Atelier Prisme - Nantes (France)
- WOW, Dak’Art Biennale Off, The Art House - Dakar (Senegal)
2013
- "Part' court - l'Art dans la cité", The Art House - Dakar (Senegal)
- Out of Africa Gallery - Sitges (Spain)
- "MVMNT / Creation in Motion" - The Art House - Dakar (Senegal)
- "Etats des Lieux" - The Art House - Dakar (Senegal)
- "12th visual arts exhibition" – IFAN - Dakar (Senegal)
- "Regards sur Cours" - Gorea Island (Senegal)
2012
- "Part' court - l'Art dans la cité - Agora Gallery - Dakar (Senegal)
- “Rostros de África” - Out of Africa Gallery - Benasque (Spain)
- "Dakar Junctions"- The Art House – Dakar (Senegal)
- Dak’Art Off Biennale - The Art House - Dakar (Senegal)
- "11th visual arts exhibition" – Sokhamon - Dakar (Senegal)
2011
«Singuliers Pluriels» - St Antoine Gallery - Clisson (France)
«Regards sur cours» - Historical Museum, Gorea Island, (Senegal)
«10th visual arts exhibition» - Sokhamon - Dakar (Senegal)
2010
- "Parcours des créateurs" - Nantes (France)
- "Arts & Designs contemporains" - National Institute of the Arts - Bamako (Mali)
- "9th visual arts exhibition" - Cercle de la Rade - Dakar (Senegal)
- "DK-KO" - Agora & Timtimol - Dakar Biennale (Senegal)
2009
- «Regards sur cours» - Gorea Island (Senegal)
- «8th visual arts exhibition» - Cercle de la Rade - Dakar (Senegal)
2008
- Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Dakar - Dak'Art OFF - Maison de L'IFAN, Gorea Island (Senegal)
- «7th visuals arts exhibition» - Cercle de la Rade - Dakar (Senegal
) 2007
- «Regards sur cours» - Town Hall, Gorea Island (Senegal)
2002
- «Art numérique, Art tout court» - Gallery of the Regional School of Fine Arts, Nantes (France)
2001
- «Une fenêtre sur le Brésil » - Espace International Cosmopolis - Nantes (France)
1996
- «Untel invite Untel» - Group Exhibition - Gallery at the Hotel Temple du Goût - Nantes (France)

Other experiences

2015/2016 - Art teacher - Académie du Moulin, Nantes (France)
2010/2016 - Guitarist and composer of the band Just Higgins - www.justhiggins.com (soul)
2001/2010 - Co-founder of «Lelab» www.lelab.net (collective graphic arts project)
1999/2005 - Graphic designer - CNSX, Nantes (web agency)
1999/2001 - Co-founder and webpublisher, Naoweb.com (city guide)
1997/1998 - Graphic design teacher, Le Grand T (formerly the Loire-Atlantique Cultural Centre)
1995/1996 - Responsible for the "Digital Workshop,” Regional School of Fine Arts, Nantes (France)
 

Artworks for sale

. Sébastien Bouchard - "My travel II" - 2016 120x120cm - Painting & mixed media on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Octopus II" - 2016 - 30x30cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 600€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Narcisse" - 2016 - 40x40cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 850€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Open letter" - 2016 - 60x45cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 1.100€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Eden" - 2016 - 90x50cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 1.500€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Crowned" - 2016 - 120x120cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 2.700€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Pilgrim" - 2016 - 120x120cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 2.700€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Octopus III" - 2016 - 90x90cm - Painting/mixed media on canvas - Price: 2.200€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Welcome Home" - 2016 - 90x90cm - Painting/Mixed media on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "Southstar" - 2016 - 90x90cm - Painting/Mixed media on canvas - Precio: 2.200€ INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "No legend II" - 2015 - 60cm x 60cm - Acrylic on traffic sign - Price: 1.500€ - INFO
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. Sébastien Bouchard - "No legend" - 2015 - 60cm x 60cm - Acrylic on traffic sign - Price: 1.500€ - INFO
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