17. May - 13. September 2012
Alain Le Quernec was born in 1944 in the town of Le Faouët in Brittany, France. After completing his studies in Paris in 1965, he became a teacher of fine arts. At this time, he also began working with poster design as a self-taught artist. His first poster was printed in 1962. A love of the Polish school of poster design led him to take a one-year leave from his teaching duties to study under professor Henryk Tomaszewski at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw; the latter was to have a significant impact on Le Quernec's graphic design ethic.
Upon returning to France in 1972, he continued to teach and decided that it would be possible to pursue graphic design wherever he happened to be. So he developed his practice of designing posters using simple techniques far from Paris, in the remote province of Brittany. His unorthodox approach has been featured at a number of international events, and an exhibition at the Musée de l'Affiche in Paris in 1987 became a milestone in the artist's development. Le Quernec has been a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 1990; his work remains politically, socially and culturally engaged and has no ties to advertising.