Yannick Bouchard’s Paintings of Humour, Horror, and Fantasy

These paintings and illustrations by Canadian artist Yannick Bouchard showcase a variety of subjects and styles, form the humorous to the macabre.

Several of the illustrations are mash-ups of pop culture properties. For the piece Pulp Mutant Ninja Fiction, April O’Neil (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is shown in the same pose as Uma Thurman’s character Mia Wallace strikes on the poster art for Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction. Princess Peach, from the Mario series of video games by Nintendo, is shown as the cover girl for a Playboy-like magazine in Super Playbros. Characters from The Big Lebowski are drawn in a typical comic-book style on the cover for a book titled The Dude.

Other works by Bouchard focus horror themes, including multiple illustrations that were published in the French-language Canadian magazine La Fabrique des Horreurs. One shows an elf slitting Santa Claus’ throat in a gruesome manner, spraying the child in Santa’s lap with blood. In another, a man with no skin on his face chooses from several popular Halloween Masks — including Michael Myers from Halloween, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason Voorhies from Friday the 13th, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Another painting shows a family sitting in a small boat, with a tentacled sea monster lurking in the waters below them.

Bouchard has also illustrated a number of album covers and merchandise for heavy metal and rock bands. These bands include Vhaldemar, Stutz, Tarrga, WitchesMark, Starblind, Salvacion, and more.

“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,” says Bouchard, “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.”

Twilightvania - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Twilightvania

 

Pulp Mutant Ninja Fiction - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Pulp Mutant Ninja Fiction

 

The Dude - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

The Dude

 

Super Playbros - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Super Playbros

 

Douchebags of the Universe - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Douchebags of the Universe

 

Halloween Masks for La Fabrique des Horreurs - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Halloween Masks

 

La Fabrique des Horreurs Issue 2 Poster- Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

La Fabrique des Horreurs Issue 2 Poster

 

La Fabrique des Horreurs Issue 2 Cover - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

La Fabrique des Horreurs Issue 2 Cover

 

Cover for 'Metal of the World' by Vhaldemar - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Cover for ‘Metal of the World’ by Vhaldemar

 

Cover for 'Marching Into Hell' by Stutz  - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Cover for ‘Marching Into Hell’ by Stutz

 

Cover for 'Lost and Archives Volume 1' by Tarrga - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Cover for ‘Lost and Archives Volume 1’ by Tarrga

 

Cover for 'Witching Metal Ritual' by WitchesMark - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Cover for ‘Witching Metal Ritual’ by WitchesMark

 

Cover for 'Darkest Horrors' by Starblind - Illustration by Yannick Bouchard

Cover for ‘Darkest Horrors’ by Starblind

 

Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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