At a glance the style is unmistakeable – cool, aristocratic characters who have become truly iconic. Heir to the famous ligne claire beloved of Hergé and Edgar P. Jacobs, Floc’h has developed a precise style of drawing using planes of vivid colour and storylines that give free rein to the imagination. His protagonists - sophisticated, typically British dandies – stroll through the landscape with unsettling ease. It’s the ultimate embodiment of a type that, over 40 years, has become the epitome of his art.
Born in 1953 into a family of printers in Mayenne in western France, Floc’h is British only in his dreams.
At a very early age he professed of boundless admiration for England, whose culture informed his character and permeats his work.
His first great success with the collection he published in collaboration with François Rivière in 1977.
Le Rendez-vous de Sevenoaks turned the traditional narrative of the comic strip on its head, combining a sharply witty story with an uncompromisingly bold visual style. His Trilogie anglaise, influenced by Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock, was followed by the Blitz books, Whose main collections comprise Blitz (1983), Underground (1996) and Black Out (2009). Floc’h’s precise, highly elegant lines trace poetic contours that, paradoxically, encourage flights of fantasy.
A private yet surprising man, Floc’h creates art for many different contexts : collections of prints, book jackets, film posters and title sequences for Alain Resnais, Woody Allen and Mick Leigh, children's collections, advertising and illustrations for magazines (The New Yorker, Monsieur), silk-screen prints, portraits, travel book (Edinburgh) and much more. In all this both his rigorous style and his creative freedom lose nothing of their energy.
Floc’h has also created a more intimate series of works that offers a glimpse behind the scenes of his world. Ma vie (1994), Une vie de rêve (2007), Une vie exemplaire (2011), Où mène la vie ? (2012) and La Belle Vie (2014) are milestones on a unique introspective journey, characterized by an ironic classicism and a metaphysical quality in equal measure. In 2013, on the occasion of Floc’h’s 60th birthday, La Martinière published Inventaire, a wonderful celebration that revisits and pays homage to Floc’h’s entire oeuvre.