Philippe Blanchard
1974, Canada
Works and lives in Toronto

2010 MFA (Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design), OCAD University, Toronto
2005 Diploma (Visual Effects for Film and Television), Seneca College, Toronto
1998 BFA (Film Production), Concordia University, Montreal

Currently Chair of Integrated Media and Experimental Animation, and Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto.

Recent projects include a textile work at TextielLab (NL), and expanded animation installations at Atelier Circulaire (Montreal), Open Studio, TAIS, Ontario Place (Toronto), and Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury).

Sinan Mansions (Shanghai); Festival Chromatic (Paris); Centro de Artes de Guanajuato, San Pedro Museo de Arte in Puebla, the National Museum of Print in Mexico City (Mexico); Glendon Gallery (Toronto), Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge ON), and ARPRIM (Montreal), all work featuring screen-printed imagery animated by computer-controlled coloured lighting.

Philippe Blanchard



18.12.2019 to 14.02.2020

On Wednesday, December 18, at the last aceNITE of the year, Philippe presented "Hopscotch", a project that uses screenprints to animate them from numerous photographs in exterior and interior spaces, and then create a stop-motion with them.

Artist Statement

For the last ten years, I have dedicated the majority of my interdisciplinary creative activities to animation, installation, textile and printmaking. My conceptual focus has been to deepen my understandings of animation by endowing it with a spatial and experiential dimension, beyond the limits of the screen, through the use of media not usually associated with the moving image. By doing so, I aim to provide the viewer–who has become indifferent to their unceasing exposure to moving image media–with an unfamiliar experience of what constitutes an animated image. After researching the historical origins of animation - a hybrid medium arising from the combination of magic lantern spectacles, illusionism and puppetry - I had the urge to recast animation in its original role, fundamentally marvellous and magical, based on illusion and the belief in a deeply uncanny experience.

Inspired from stage design techniques and theatre lighting, I developed installations (Time Tunnel, New Troglodytes, Structured Light) where I illuminate screen-printed images in red, green and blue with computer controlled LED stroboscopic lights. Recently, I have opened this body of work up to hand-dyed knit and tufted textile pieces, lending the work a newfound tactile and sculptural dimension. Another body of work developed through the Nick Novak Fellowship at Open Studio in 2016, experiments with animating screen-prints installed in space through stop-motion animation, juxtaposing the repetition of the printed image to the repetition of the photographic image being played back in time, proposing a reflexion on how time and space and represented through the encounter of two disciplines.