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Michael Bedard Art and Sitting Ducks

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Michael Bedard art Funny PicturesMichael Bedard was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and eventually settled in Los Angeles in the late sixties. He first entered the art marketplace in 1977 with a series of whimsical and allegorical art prints -- many of which are still in print today. Bedard's "Sitting Ducks" poster is one of the most widely recognized and largest selling posters in the history of the medium. He has consistently topped the list of best-selling poster artists for nearly twenty years. Very few artists can make a similar claim.

In the early eighties, Bedard was looking for a way to express a broad range of feelings about the human condition and wanted to use humor as a vehicle for addressing very serious issues such as vulnerability, alienation and anxiety, as well as social and political observations. Michael Bedard chose the duck because it symbolized the vulnerability and attitude that comprises the human psyche.

The duck character was an excellent choice because of the nature of the animal itself. Even though a duck is vulnerable to attack by superior forces, this wonderful creature displays an aggressive attitude when confronted by danger. The duck's only defense is this bluff that creates uncertainty and fear with its adversaries. This attitude is what has made the duck an appropriate icon for challenging the problems that threaten us all.

The duck characters immediately struck a chord with people about how fragile we feel in these modern times. The illusion that creature comforts create a safety zone from the dangers of life is so pervasive that many actually hide behind these paper-thin walls and feel protected.

The "Sitting Duck" message pokes a funny hole through this fragile concept. It shows that even when one is having a "safe" moment relaxing with friends on a lounge chair with a favorite drink; one can suddenly become a target of one of life's merciless hunters. That theme of vulnerability carries through the Bedard duck series and has allowed the artist to expand his concept to examine the frailty of politics ("Failure of Marxism" and "Failure of Capitalism") and even relationships ("Living Together" and "Ship of Fools").

Bedard says, "I had no idea that these little characters would become so popular but I take great pleasure in that they've become universally accepted. As an artist, I am grateful to be able to communicate through a vehicle that transcends all language and cultural barriers."

Bedard's work, both on the canvas and on the screen, is characterized by his uncanny ability to create an image with depth in both artistic quality and meaning. There is nearly always a social commentary that lies underneath his whimsical imagery. One must look beyond the simple visual statement employed by the composition to the real purpose of the painting -- usually an important social issue that concerns us all.

Like many artists whose work is deceptively simple, Bedard is not. He is a complex and highly intelligent man. He labors over each work he creates, painstakingly researching the issues, the treatment of the characters and the effect on the viewer, executing drawing after drawing before he ever sets out to create the final product.

As the work of Michael Bedard has grown, so has his worldwide appeal and marketability. In Japan, Bedard is thought of in almost 'superstar' status, beginning with a series of commercials that he did for Akai in the 1980's, continuing his success with "The Santa Claus Brothers" magazine covers and culminating with his successful "Sitting Ducks" television show and merchandising campaign.

Michael Bedard has had numerous sold out one-man exhibitions in and around his current Los Angeles residence. His children's book, "Sitting Ducks", has won three prestigious international awards for children's literature and his children's television show of the same name is tremendously popular in 48 countries. In Japan nearly one out of two children watch the show. In 2001, Bedard received an Emmy Award for his made-for-TV movie, "The Santa Claus Brothers", which aired on Disney, YTV and ABC.

Forever a student, Bedard is extremely knowledgeable about the history of world art. His large, airy home and studio in a remote section of the greater Los Angeles area is filled to the rafters with well-thumbed art and reference books.

What isn't commonly known about Bedard is the wealth of material he has created over the last thirty years that has never been published -- works of art that are as wonderful and innovative as the ducks are amusing. Some of these include "The Cubist Brothers" as well as "Quatro". It's that body of work which inspires the business direction behind OXO Art -- to introduce these other wonderful works to the art world at large and to fuel Bedard's creativity and energy to explore new creative ideas.

Sitting Ducks are the creation of world-renown poster artist and Emmy Award winning producer Michael Bedard who sees his hatchlings as the perfect instrument with which to express his wry, slightly dark sense of humor and his own brand of social commentary.

Bedard's ducks began life in the early eighties as a series of humorous paintings featuring his "Sitting Ducks". Since then, they have spread their wings to include a multiple award winning children's book and a CGI children's animated television series currently airing in over 35 territories.

The new series, "Sitting Ducks", takes place in the whimsical world of Ducktown, a town much like any other excepts its inhabitants are feathered.

Here, where life is good, food is plentiful and the ducks never fly south, one bird stands out among the flock - Bill. Bill's best friend is Aldo, a tough alligator with a soft center from the neighboring town of Swampwood.

The unlikely friendship between these two creatures on opposite ends of the food chain sets the scene for unique challenges and a lot of fun.

For Bedard fans in Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America, please look for "Sitting Ducks" merchandise in your local stores and view "Sitting Ducks" on the following networks:


* ITV in UK
* ADF & KIKA in Germany
* ORF in Austria
* TF1 & Teletoon in France
* TVE in Spain
* TVI in Portugal
* Mediaset in Italy
* SBS in The Netherlands
* ABC & Nickelodeon in Australia
* YTV & VRAK in Canada
* TV2 in Denmark
* TV4 in Sweden
* MTV3 in Finland
* NRK in Norway
* RUV in Iceland
* Star TV in Greece
* CyBc in Cyprus
* Storyfirst in Russia
* Televisa in Mexico
* Cartoon Network in Latin America

 

 

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