The work of William Blanchard is notable in its simplicity and ambiguity; although seeming lackadaisical and carefree, on closer inspection his work is actually purposefully without thought and this is essential to it’s very nature. An antidote to the buttoned-up, ’shiny facade’ of the corporation that the artist and art world has become, Blanchard’s art looks not only to significant thought, beauty, magnificence and ideas that transcend our ‘age’ and existence but excels in self-provocation, humour, whimsy and immediate gratification.
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.