Best known for creating works that are visual and highly engaging, Blanchard draws on the sporadic nature of graffiti, urban life, rock music and capitalist imagery, challenging traditional notions of art with socially engaged reactions. Blanchard’s distinctive visual expression and style has garnered the attention of an eclectic celebrity following including Jason Donovan and Florence Welch, and continues to spark interest globally.
Imagination against Reality will look at the distinction between normality and distortion, exploring themes of music, psychedelia, art and popular culture. Influenced from a lifetime performing within the indie music scene and collaborations with prolific street artists including Ben Eine, Blanchard has said: “My life feels like a living collage and everywhere I have ever lived, my environment ends up a part of me, and me of it.” The collages and assemblages within this exhibition are deeply personal, with reflections deriving from Blanchard’s own childhood possessions, flea markets and street finds amongst musical influences.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice in Wonderland, Blanchard explores a concept in which “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality”. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to enter Blanchard’s own re-imagined world, drawing on Caroll’s peculiar fantasy and its psychedelic connotations. Proud Galleries offers an insight into contemporary Popism through the eyes of Wildcat Will, bringing the symbiotic nature of urban life, music, revolution and art together, with inspiration from Sixties anarchism to today’s political activism.