" Claude Bolduc is a painter whose production, voluminous and diversified, builds complex and tormented worlds. Bolduc is associated with the pictorial school of the Singular Art, contemporary artistic current of which one of the essential functions is an active subversion of the regular canons, in particular on the crucial question of the pictorial anecdote. In addition to his specific visual qualities, Bolduc's work has a great narrative richness. The precise line, even chiseled, builds complex interactive universes populated by strange figurines with multiple and often indefinable modus operandi. The pictorial work of Bolduc lends itself, by many aspects, to a companionship with writing. First, Bolduc's paintings, which are often conceptualized as visual narratives, are frequently the subject of scripts or synopses, written by the painter, prior to the painting being put on canvas. In addition, Bolduc's works are often polymorphic frescoes, drawing on a broad ethnocultural heritage. Mythology, paganism, Judeo-Christian imagery, tarots etc ... All these visual and symbolic facets are mobilized and regularly form the allusive background or the central frame of Bolduc's paintings. Several of the canvases respond to each other, as would, for example, Stations of the cross or a medieval tapestry. Claude Bolduc himself has, in some cases, produced descriptive and explanatory texts aimed at providing the hermeneutic decoding of the fables or frames of his own works. Sometimes hermetic, sometimes explicit, it is undeniable that Bolduc's paintings are logogenic (in the sense that they are triggers for speech, verbal or textual). "
(Paul Laurendeau, linguist, philosopher, novelist and poet, Doctor of Letters from Denis Diderot University (ParisVII))
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, man’s 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.
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.
The artist is now back in Quebec since 2010 and lives in the Montreal area, Canada. He still pursues his artistic career.
Claude Bolduc has shown his works in Montreal, Toronto, Miami, Los-Angeles, New-York, Detroit, Paris, London, Berlin, Geneva, Florence, Melbourne, Bruxelles...
We find his works in private collections in Canada, United-States, Switzerland, France, Italy, in «Musée de l’Art Singulier (Mansonville, Canada) and in the « Visionary Art Collection » in Melbourne, Australia.