The work of William Blanchard is simple and seemingly lackadaisical and carefree, however on closer inspection is actually purposeful. An antidote to the buttoned-up, ’shiny facade’ of the corporation that the artist and art world has become and we as a society have become so fascinated with.
The influences on Blanchard’s work are easily identifiable in the POP Art movement, from Paolozzi, Jasper Johns, Indiana, Rauschenberg, Peter Blake, Hamilton, Tilson, Peter Philips, Wesselmann, Oldenburg to Bermann, Cornell and Schwitters. The fact that they are so abundant in Blanchard’s work does not diminish or detract from it, but instead highlights its brash influence and his appropriation. Taken as commercial reference to again comment and produce subjective sentiments on modern living.
Art looks not only to significant thought, beauty, magnificence and ideas that transcend our ‘age’ and existence. Blanchard excels in self-provocation, humour, whimsy and immediate gratification.