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. His mathematically precise mazes decode in a surreal way the form of the world’s great cities, while his labyrinthine abstractions bring a new wind to geometrical art.
Tavernier studied at Paris University digital arts and musical composition, influenced by Paul Klee and composers like Gerard Grisey, Salvatore Sciarrino or 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.
In 2010, Tavernier sought a fresh creative path and brush in hand, he started to experiment and mix his diverse set of skills onto the canvas.