Bolduc Claude

Claude Bolduc was born in Alma, Quebec (Canada) on the 1st of January 1955. On January 4th 1987, birthday of the primitive painter Arthur Villeneuve (Claude Bolduc's first mentor), Claude begins to paint as a self-taught artist. At this time, the painter stages his own memories and political or social topics, in a style that could be described as 'naive'. This can be detected in the dream-like madness of his world where the references, stemming from a personal symbolic system, are plentiful.

Around 1992, Claude Bolduc's art enters a new era. The painter engages himself from beyond the anecdotal and proceeds further into his exploration of the invisible. He draws most of his inspiration from the source of his own impulses, driven by the sublimated vision of his very personal interpretation of his environment. In this way, he attempts to clearly reveal the limits of the parallel universes of consciousness and unconsciousness. To achieve this, he opposes a monochrome nuance, where a multitude of strange beings evolve in a sensual and vivid dreamlike reverie, to a palette of bright and strong colours used in the foreground elements which present a clear statement.

In 1997, Claude Bolduc's move to Geneva (Switzerland) pushes him to a more in depth and uncensored research of his particular symbolic system. In a similar state of mind to that of Jérôme Bosch, his thoughts now reach further towards the greater existential meaning. Through the most ambiguous of contemporary ethical themes, he explores the dark and uncertain avenues opened up by the recent exponential scientific developments and discoveries (pollution, consumption of resources, nuclear threat, mans attempt to control all life, global illnesses...). For Claude Bolduc, the announced reign of the "Man-God", is a frightening concept. This is why his pictures confront Eros and Thanatos without restraint. The painter forces them into a dancing struggle where Judeo-Christian symbolism is revisited through the very singular and exacerbated prism of the artist's vision.

Since 2010, the painter came back to his native grounds, Quebec. The sources of his inspiration take roots in many ways and are more and more related to the outsider art movement, a primitive fusion of the human need of expression, according to the artist. Claude Bolduc pretends that the new roads taken by Contemporary art are dangerously going beyond their human essence, mixing too often the tool with the creative mind. « The Man must remain the absolute master of his Art and avoid the overwhelming dependence on the machine. If not, he will loose an important part of his creativity».

Bolduc sustains that the resulting of these excesses risks the inducing of a frightening shift. Indeed, a chasm, between the artist-transmitter and the spectator-receptor. 

Claude Bolduc has chosen to start a journey without any inner taboos, which brings him irretrievably to the deepest of his singular spirituality. 

Direct consequences of these repeated journeys to the sources of art and maelstrom of the soul, the original symbolic of the artist imposes itself with more and more strenght and perspicacity in his mature artistry.

The artist Claude Bolduc is unclassifiable. It is in his opposition to current abstraction that he sets himself up as a caustic witness of his time. He strongly adheres to the pure madness of outsider's art, without denying the academic influences drawn at random from precious finds of which he creates very personal re-interpretations.
Claude Bolduc remains true to the credo of his early works: To paint because it's necessary!
Claude Bolduc has shown his works in Montreal, Toronto, Miami, Los-Angeles, New-York,  Detroit, Paris, London, Berlin, Geneva, Florence, Melbourne...

Solo exhibitions


2014- Cinéma du Parc, Montréal (Québec)


2013- Bibliothèque de Deux-Montagnes (Québec)


2011- Centre de Création ARTO, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Québec)


2010- Centre Culturel Pauline-Julien , Trois-Rivières (Québec)


2009 – Galerie Confluence, Genève, (Suisse)


2008 - Galerie Confluence, Genève, (Suisse)


2005 – Centre Multidisciplinaire d’Art Mottatom, Genève, (Suisse)


2004 – Gallery Oder 24, Berlin, (Allemagne)


2001 – Librairie Beaubourg, Paris, (France)


2000 – Prieuré Saint-Benoît, Saint-Lambert-des-Bois, (France)


2000 – Galerie Solos, Gif-sur-Yvette, (France)


1997 – Dix années de peinture naïve, Centre de créativité des salles du Gésù, Montréal (Québec)


1996 – Café le Potin, Chicoutimi (Québec)


1993 – Café théâtre Le Côté-Cour, Jonquière (Québec)


1993 – Commensal du Musée, Montréal (Québec)


1992 – Centre d’Artistes Espace Virtuel, Chicoutimi (Québec)


1992 – Centre d’Art de Baie-Saint-Paul, Baie-Saint-Paul (Québec)


1990 – Centre Socio-Culturel de Chicoutimi (Québec)


Group exhibitions


2016 « MUSÉE DU FJORD » Saguenay, (Québec)


2016 « PAPER WORKS 2016 » Upstream Gallery, New-York, (États-Unis)


2016 « Salle Agora du CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal (Québec)


2016 « BACCHANALE » Galerie Usine 106U, Montréal (Québec)


2016 « Auberge du Chaval Blanc » Montréal (Québec)


2015 « Galerie Matahari » , Montréal (Québec)


2015 « EXPO 106U 2015 » Foufounes électriques, Montréal (Québec)


2014, « LES PIRATES DE L’ART » Centre des Arts Visuels, Galerie McClure, Westmount (Québec)  


2014, Salle Agora du CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal (Québec)


2013, « MONSTRA », Église Ste-Brigide, Montréal (Québec)


2013, « SI TON ENNEMI A FAIM », Galerie des 100 Talents, Montréal, (Québec)


2013, « EXTASE » Galerie Usine 106U, Montréal (Québec)


2012, Salle AGORA du Cegep du Vieux-Montréal (Québec)


2012- NUIT DE LA PEINTURE de Deux-Montagnes (Québec)


2012- « AMERICAN VISIONARIES EXHIBITION », Melbourne, Australie


2012, « ARTISTES 2012 », Usine 106U, Montréal (Québec)


2012 « PETIT CAUCHEMAR DEVIENDRA GRAND » Galerie de 100 Talents, Montréal (Québec)


2012, « LES ARTISTES DE LA NUIT », Deux-Montagnes (Québec)


2012- « SYMPOSIUM DES PATRIOTES », St-Eustache (Québec)


2011, « DECEMBRYON » Usine 106U, Montréal (Québec)


2011- « NUIT DE LA PEINTURE » Deux-Montagnes (Québec)


2011-     « EXPO BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE DEUX-MONTAGNES » (Québec)


2010 - « Expo Décover » Galerie Légend’ Art, Montréal (Québec)


2010- « PARANORMAL » Usine 106u, Montréal (Québec)


2010- « LA DIVERSITÉ DANS L'ART » Centre Culturel Brancusi (Popescu), Montréal, Canada


2010- Symposium de Montréal-Nord (Québec)


2010- Nuit de la peinture ( Deux-Montagnes) (Québec)


2010- « VACCINATION », Usine 106U, Montréal (Québec)


2006 – Raw Art in Italy, Villa Caruso, Florence, Italie


2005 - Miami Art Basel, kiosque World Art Media, U.S.A.


2004 – Raw Art Festival, Londres, Angleterre


2003 – Événement Accrochages, Galerie Espacio, Morges, Suisse


2000- Joy Moos Gallery /Art & Antiques, Los Angeles (Ca.) (États-Unis)


1996 – Galerie Jeanine Blais, North Hatley, (Québec)


1996 – Outsider Art Fair Gallery, Puck Building, New York, U.S.A.


1995 – Galerie Séquence, Chicoutimi (Québec)


1995 – Exposition Rare Vision, Art and Culture Center Holywood, Florida, États-Unis


1994 – Galerie l’Oeuvre de l’Autre, Chicoutimi (Québec)


1994 - Galerie Jeanine Blais, North Hatley, (Québec)


1994 – Canadian Contemporary Folk Art Festival, Toronto, Ontario


1993 - Galerie Jeanine Blais, North Hatley,(Québec)


1993 – Inspecteur Épingle, Montréal, (Québec)


1990 – Artistes 02, Centre National d’Exposition, Jonquière (Québec)


Publications


2016 106U Magazine #11 Montréal, (Québec)


2015 106U Magazine #7 Montréal, (Québec)


2015- 106U Magazine #5 Montréal, (Québec)


2015- Psychopathia Sexualis (tome 1.) Montréal, (Québec)


2014- Les psaumes de Saint-Lambert-des-Bois en prose (lettres à l’invisible) (France) (quatrième de couverture)


2014- Lettres d’un ermite aux papes, Florilège des tomes l et ll (France)


(quatrième de couverture)


2014- 106U Magazine #2 , Montréal, (Québec)


2014- 106U Magazine #1 ,Montréal, (Québec)


2013- Decover Magazine, spécial « MONSTRA » Montréal, (Québec)


2013- 106U #9 (Québec)


2012- Decover Magazine, spécial « ART ÉROTIQUE »


2012- 106U #8.5 (Québec)


2012-Horror Vacui Magazine, Madrid, Espagne


2010- Décover Magazine, Montréal (Québec)


2006 – The Other Face of the Moon, Florence, Italie.


2006 – Art Fairs International, New-York, U.S.A.


2006- New York Art Magazine, New-York, U.S.A.


2006 - The Maple Leaf Forever, Donna and Nigel Hutchins, Boston Mills Press (Toronto, Canada)


2004 – Coup d’état sur l’Église, Paul Melchior, éditions Solos, Paris, France


2000 – Lettre au peintre Claude Bolduc sur l’inconvenance (Le tambour de Montréal), Pascal Maurice, éditions Solos, Paris, France


1994 – Raw Vision, Londres, Angleterre


1996 - Concours International d’art naïf, North-Hatley, (Québec)


1994 - Concours International d’art naïf, North-Hatley, (Québec)


1993 - Concours International d’art naïf, North-Hatley, (Québec)


1992 – Guide Vallée, Montréal (Québec)


Awards


2012- Certificate of excellence, PALM ART AWARD, Leipzig, Germany (Allemagne)


1989 - Concours de peinture de la bibliothèque municipale de Chicoutimi


COLLECTION


My artworks are in private collections in Canada, the US, Switzerland, France, Italy, and in the " Visionary Art Collection ", in Melbourne, Australia.

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