Frédéric Bruneau's paintings are a heady mix of realism and graphic boldness. Bruneau works in oil, occasionally combining it with acrylic to create a smooth, opaque style of painting that leaves chunky strokes of color intact all over the canvas. The compositions often include many repeating shapes and depend on a few well-chosen colors that can be shocking in their contrast. Bruneau paints recognizable objects in a flat, stylized way, omitting traditional depth and lighting to make a statement with line and tone.
Bruneau is interested in many kinds of subject matter, including animals, still life, and more pattern-based pure forms. His most frequent subject, however, is the human body: portraiture, anatomy, and people in fantastical situations are often featured in his works. He often juxtaposes the human form with a graphic background or an element from nature with no further context. Some people wear amazing ornaments or tribal garb, while others appear against completely blank voids. The paintings allow the audience to discover thematic links and comparisons on their own.
Bruneau was born in Bic, Quebec, Canada and today lives in Quebec City. Bruneau's painting is deeply inspired by his son, Arthur, who has Fragile X syndrome.