“As a child, I thought the quest for art had to be like a dream beyond values and realities.” Bruno Tanquerel
“Everyone is discussing (about my art) and pretends to understand, but they simply need to like.” Claude Monet, Paris, 1925
Like Marcel Duchamp, his model in art, Tanquerel never accepts any formal limitations. His aesthetic is a pastiche of styles in which categories become blurred, a fusion of abstraction and figuration which transforms the ordinary and everyday into dramatic theatricality.
Elaine King, an influential American art writer pointed this strong linkage in the introduction to Tanquerel’s artist book “Blues” in 1989: “His curious expression evinces the idiom of the enigmatic, intellectual Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp’s pioneering Dada spirit which associates art with non-art, his confusing traditional hierarchy of artistic values, producing objects from everyday material, and his insistence on challenging the audience’s preconceptions about art and taste, were particularly influential in shaping the conceptions of Tanquerel.”
For his solo show at YenakArt Villa, in 2015, named “Custom made”, one could difficultly imagine that the exhibited art works are from only one artist: very different technics, various lines and sizes, many different mediums; paintings (oil on canvas, concrete on canvas, acrylic on wax canvas, gold leaves on canvas); sculptures from bronze or ceramics; installations with neon; artist book with silk screen and engraving, etc. But when looking more closely, despite the various periods (from the 1980’s to 2015) or places of creation (Paris, Pittsburgh, Pondichery and Bangkok for the last 8 years), despite the intentions of the artist (never repeating a series), a very specific and coherent artistic and philosophic world is appearing. Humor and sadness are coinciding, familiarity and imagination are mixed, for a result that features Tanquerel’s sensitive observations of human comedy and his willingness to seek for positive answers at a time when man’s tragic predicament is explicitly spot-lighted.