Artist; born 1981 in France. Baptiste Tavernier pursues a creative path that has led from experimental music through the martial arts of Japan to the painter’s canvas.
Trace Tavernier’s polymath oeuvre and you find: intense concern with pattern and logic; relentless focus on the discipline of craft; and creative inspiration without horizons.
On canvas, these three elements now fuse to reveal a unique and rigorously observed perspective, elegantly rendered with impeccable craft: mathematically precise mazes that decode in abstraction the form of the world’s great cities.
Tavernier studied at Paris University digital arts and musical composition, influenced by composers like Gerard Grisey, Salvatore Sciarrino and Steve Reich.
His path took a dramatic virage in 2006 with
the decision to move to Japan and immerse himself in martial arts. Within a decade, he reached high ranks in four disciplines of swordsmanship: naginata (halberd), tankendo (short sword), jukendo (bayonet) and battodo (sword drawing and cutting), and achieved proficiency in the making and repair of kendo armor. He also studied for several years Japanese flower arrangement.
Tavernier sought a fresh creative outlet for craftsmanship that was by then fully mature. So in 2010, brush in hand, he started to experiment and mix his diverse set of skills onto the canvas.