Mickey and Minnie: Bonnie and Clyde Style

this gorgeous Birkin was for a client who wants Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Boyarde stylie! What better than to look to the past and create a vintage M&M inspired by the incredible film of Bonnie and Clyde. Here M&M have their fashion sense ramped up, and their attitude also. Mickey is the ultimate alpha male stereotype, protector of his ‘woman’, whilst Minnie, plays out the role of the typical female, looking in the mirror and not giving a darn! It’s a mash-up of stereotypes taken from popular culture, given a kitsch twist to create depth and narrative. This bag featured in Turkish Marie Claire.Bonnie-and-Clyde-classic-movies-277565_953_1400Bonnie and Clyde played by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967.IMG_8370 IMG_8388 IMG_8400 IMG_8411 IMG_8416 IMG_8417

Je Ne regrette Rien: I regret nothing… taken from Edith Piaf’s song.

(using Angelus Paints from Angelus direct)

The bag featured in Turkish Marie Claire

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Boyarde Scopophilia Art interview for GMT, BBC WORLD NEWS

 

 

Today i was interviewed by the brilliant Tim Wilcox at the BBC headquarters for BBC WORLD NEWS, on GMT, a programme for the international audience, with a weekly viewings of 70 million! I was terrified but excited as i was going to have 4 minutes to talk about my journey from Belize, Central America, to body painting in Belize, to exhibiting my Bottom body painted art all over the world to my Pop Art. There was so much more i planned to say but of course didnt fit it all in, but am so pleased with the result, and am surprised by how well i hid my nerves! Here  it is plus a few pictures. Thank you to Caz MacClancy for organizing this. If you are interested in any of my limited edition pop art bottoms please contact Caz MacClancy at Cazyan@me.com

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BOOM BOOM BOOM and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! final edit!

Taking a break from painting bags, remember, i seem to ‘paint on everything but paper’, i never stray too far from my original canvas, the female body, to express my art, using my paint brush to address ‘the gaze’ upon her and from within her, finding the balance between power and vulnerability, with a mischievous, playful twist.

I photographed some beautiful bottoms last year, one was when i went on Russell Howard’s Good News show on BBC 3. I went down the blatant Pop Art theme, taking direct clippings from 1950s comic strips and giving them a film noir, pulp fiction thriller twist. Her body, as the canvas reveals the extreme female stereotypes played out in past popular culture, here the quote ‘she was explosive and he knew it’, on the surface plays out a literal ticking time bomb, also revealing a femme fatale, dangerous and seductive and in danger of terrifying the male subject, verging on a black widow type woman, a spider who treats her mate like her next meal! This is extreme, this is film noir, pulp fiction, and this woman is devious, void of any vulnerable attributes, this woman is a stereotype of 1950s fantasy novels and comic strips and she is anything but real! Keeping in theme with original comic strip colours, the palette is bright but has a ‘vintage’ feel. Its POP POP POP packed with a punch! And it’s not just a pretty bottom. I also photographed another similar but different bottom with the same genre of Film noir and B-movie 1950s film posters; once again it took me rather a long time to edit it as my work load never eased up. Here I am keeping the words ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ and taking it very literally to create my narrative with some humour kept in.

Here are the final edits of 2014, some times i like to leave a piece for a while before coming back to it, as i was not happy with the original colours.russell howard 2 on BBC 3′s Russell Howard show, it was a hoot!Russell howard 1 IMG_3235bomb1  Backstage, waiting to be filmed. Alexandra’s beautiful bottom!IMG_3242Boom Boom Boom PINK PURPLE REDBOOM BOOM BOOM, she was explosive and he knew it! a parody of pulp and film noir femme fatales.drop dead gorgeous drawing email

my original drawing for Drop Dead GorgeousDrop Dead Gorgeous pink purple blue

the final colours for Drop Dead Gorgeous in a triptych, although i may release one with a gold version also!

Drop Dead Gorgeous in Pink

 

 

Drop Dead Gorgeous in Pink!

These has now been released (June 2014) and other colours may be released too. The final image is sold as a limited edition triptych of 10 only as a c-type photograph available framed in Diasec. A single version will also be released as a limited edition of 5 only at 100x66cm. Please email boyarde@boyarde.com for details. 

Boyarde Solo Show at Faron Sutaria, London June 10th

I was delighted to find out that Caz MacClancy of CazyAn LifeStyle and Art had organised a solo show of my gallery artwork this summer. As i have been so busy hand painting my art onto fashion accessories the past 7 months, from Louis Vuittons to Hermes Birkins, that i have not been able to devote any time to my beloved Bottom Art! Last year i created a new series of body painted bottoms specifically concentrating on the Pop Art genre, dealing with gender stereotyping in Popular Culture and familiar imagery. Each piece, deals with female stereotyping, by re-contextualising old imagery to convey a new narrative, loaded with mischievous wit and humour; by ‘slapping’ it literally onto the female form, the irony of the stereotype is embraced further.

Due to my heavy work load and commitments, some of the pieces were still not finished or printed. So it was perfect timing to have this show and showcase all the new works alongside my classic work.

The private view was a huge success, from the incredible canapés served on picture frames, to the exquisite cup cakes with edible Boyarde art, to my fabulous two Pop Girl ambassadors, Cecily and Talia, adorned in speech bubbles ‘ask me a question?’ and ‘you talkin’ to me?!’, there on hand to help answer any questions about my art works on display. The champagne was flowing and Faron Sutaria, South Kensington, transformed their working office into an incredible Pop Up Event for one night. Thank you to all involved, especially Caz MacClancy and Ben Rivera with whom it would not have been possible. I am pleased to announce that the exhibition will be a permanent feature over Summer 2014. Please visit Faron Sutaria, 115 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London.IMG_1607

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Boyarde Art in front of Boyarde Art!IMG_1910

Boyarde in front of the Skins on the window, they certainly got some attention!IMG_1949

my and my pop girl ambassadors, Cecily and Talia!IMG_1902

exhibition all ready to go!IMG_1950 IMG_1959 IMG_1948

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go on! you know you want to!

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Behind the Kiss in Purple, 2013IMG_4119faronsutaria

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classic works!IMG_4114faronsutaria

 

Super hero and cartoon character bags! Hermes and Goyard

As the art i specialise in, addresses how we gender stereotype in popular culture, that pretty much covers everything and everyone, from high art to low art, it looks at mass culture. And where better to find ultimate portrayals of stereotypes, than comic books! Here i have mashed up gender stereotyping and given a little more narrative to these traditional characters. Pumped up Batman and Cat woman, stand there, ready for action, all toned in physique, brimming with macho macho and sexy sexy, only to have the wind taken out of their sails with a slap of irony: ‘now what are we supposed to do?!’. Alpha Female Wonder Woman, known for catching the bad guys and never showing her vulnerable side, uses her alpha powers of persuasion to grab Mickey Mouse with a little help from Frankie Goes to Hollywoods ‘The Power of Love’… Here she plays the dominatrix stereotype. In the next Wonder woman bag painted on a gorgeous Goyard Orange ‘Vendome’, Wonder Woman stays more true to her roots, with a splash of wisdom.  And finally, Mickey Mouse tries his luck with the owner of the white Birkin, seeing if he can get lucky for one night only!…. Here we parody the characters we know so well, making the stereotypes so literal, that that in turn, through humour and wit, literal becomes more layered with meaning.IMG_8492 IMG_8501 IMG_8543 IMG_8979IMG_8956 IMG_9017 IMG_9190 IMG_9240 IMG_9216IMG_8901 IMG_8976

Angelus Paints from Angelus Direct :)

Name painting by Boyarde

The majority of my art addresses popular culture and how we gender stereotype, and i work in the pop idiom using kitsch as my tool to address familiar imagery associated with stereotyping. But i also do name painting made out of objects. I do this, because its fun and its different. I am not the artist for you, if you want good old fashioned monogramming though! The man for you is Nick Taylor ‘ Los Angeles ArtHouse‘ who used to paint for Louis Vuitton!

This bag is a Goyard GM tote and the client wanted her intials painted on, made out of jewellery, so this involved researching jewellery that would translate well into intials and fit well together in an abstract form. So i looked at Broaches, gems, earrings and of course, Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend!IMG_9033 IMG_9056 IMG_9057 IMG_9058 IMG_9059 IMG_9060a next client who wanted a C made out of jewels:

goyard purse jewellery text goyard purse jewelleryThis bag was painted for Charlotte Olympia Dellal, who wanted her little baby son’s name RIO inspired by tropical RIO things!goyard rio detail goyard progress Charlotte Olympia Rio capitals email Rio Goyard finished

 

 

YIKES!

Continuing my theme of addressing extreme female stereotypes in popular culture, here i am looking at how the Male was often portrayed as being over powered by the film noir vixen in silver screen hollywood and silver screen horror and thrillers. Giving it a comic strip geek feel, ive taken a sci fi type male character, and over powered him with the sheer curves of the divine body he stands in front of, here is is hypnotised by this amazonian goddess. Ive taken all the fun parts of sci fi and film noir hand painted posters from the 40s and 50s and given it a POP twist. I took this in 2013 but did not edit it until december 2013 and it is yet to be released. Titles for the piece originally were going to be ‘Spextacles’ or ‘spex ray’, however it would be hard not to just call it YIKES! The colours may change but its looking good so far!yikes montage email yikesyikes green purple blue writing yikes blue purple then green then blueThese will be sold as a photograph c-type in Diasec frame, as a triptych limited edition of 10 only, and a colour will be picked for the single version as a limited edition of 5 only. email boyarde@boyarde.com for details

Boyarde Art in L’officiel Indonesia February March issue

I am delighted to have a 3 page feature in the the February March issue of L’officiel Indonesia, having been interviewed by the wonderful Noorani who is a new Boyarde Art convert. The article looks at all my art from Bottoms to Bags through my fascination with Scopophilia: the pleasure of gazing at the female form and finding the balance between power and vulnerability with a splash of humour. Lofficial indonesia feb march issue noorani article bags bodies 0214Lofficiel Indonesia Noorani's Kaleidoscope 9-OK 0214_Page_2

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, meets Casablanca on a Birkin!

When the owner of this beautiful cream 40 Birkin, said she wanted a Casablanca inspired theme on her bag with perhaps Mickey and Minnie, or Roger Rabbit and Jessica, i leapt at the chance to go for Mr and Mrs Rabbit! This was one of my favourite films when i was younger and it remains forever a classic. The cartoon itself is a parody, on the surface a fun bumbling cartoon, but for adults it has layer upon layer of irony, homing in on every type of film noir stereotype ever created from vintage Hollywood cinema: the damsel in distress, the evil villain, the love sick male, the tough nut cop with a soft spot for damsels, all loaded with classic film quote after quote. This cartoon in itself addresses gender stereotype in history, and what better than for me to add another layer to it by taking the damsel in distress and love sick leading role and plonk them into another film classic, Casablanca, that does exactly the same formula…. A double whammy love story that follows the classic formula stereotyping. But also, for me, this bag is just a pure pleasure to paint, for Jessica Rabbit was a character that i idealised.IMG_9061 IMG_9062 IMG_9063 IMG_9071 IMG_9081 IMG_9133 IMG_9134 IMG_9131 IMG_9132

sticking to traditional palette of colours using very fine acrylic paint brushes with Angelus Shoe Polish from Angelus Direct

Boyarde painted bags in todays Financial Times, How To Spend IT Magazine

Delighted to see a lovely quarter of a page about my hand painted bags and my journey to get to them, featured in today’s FT, HOW TO SPEND IT MAGAZINE, the special ART edition! Here is also the bag that was featured. :)FT how to spend it collage bags 150214 FT how to spend it bags cover 150214 FT how to spend it bags p27 150214IMG_8694