was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and eventually settled
in Los Angeles in the late sixties. He first entered the art
marketplace in 1977 with a series of whimsical and allegorical art
prints many of which are still in print today. Bedard's "Sitting Ducks"
poster is one of the most widely recognized and largest selling posters
in the history of the medium. He has consistently topped the list of
best-selling poster artists for nearly twenty years. Very few artists
can make a similar claim.
In the early eighties, Bedard
was looking for a way to express a broad range of feelings about the
human condition and wanted to use humor as a vehicle for addressing
very serious issues such as vulnerability, alienation and anxiety, as
well as social and political observations. Michael Bedard chose the duck because it symbolized the vulnerability and attitude that comprises the human psyche.
duck character was an excellent choice because of the nature of the
animal itself. Even though a duck is vulnerable to attack by superior
forces, this wonderful creature displays an aggressive attitude when
confronted by danger. The duck's only defense is this bluff that
creates uncertainty and fear with its adversaries. This attitude is
what has made the duck an appropriate icon for challenging the problems
that threaten us all.
duck characters immediately struck a chord with people about how
fragile we feel in these modern times. The illusion that creature
comforts create a safety zone from the dangers of life is so pervasive
that many actually hide behind these paper-thin walls and feel
Duck" message pokes a funny hole through this fragile concept. It shows
that even when one is having a "safe" moment relaxing with friends on a
lounge chair with a favorite drink; one can suddenly become a target of
one of life's merciless hunters. That theme of vulnerability carries
through the Bedard duck series and has allowed the artist to expand his
concept to examine the frailty of politics ("Failure of Marxism" and
"Failure of Capitalism") and even relationships ("Living Together" and
"Ship of Fools").
says, "I had no idea that these little characters would become so
popular but I take great pleasure in that they've become universally
accepted. As an artist, I am grateful to be able to communicate through
a vehicle that transcends all language and cultural barriers."