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.
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.
sticking to traditional palette of colours using very fine acrylic paint brushes with Angelus Shoe Polish from Angelus Direct
My art address gender stereotypes in popular culture, which gives a broad palette for inspiration when re contextualising familiar imagery into the Pop Idiom. It can cover anything from popular imagery of the great masters of art, to comic strips, to pop artists themselves to cinema and photography. Here and there, a superhero comes into play from macho batman to minxy Minnie. But where i currently find most joy, is looking to the silver screen of Hollywood cinema, finding inspiration from classic film stills to film noir actresses. Their beauty is classic and timeless, which for me, is key in creating a piece of art that will not only last, physically, when painted on a bag, but stand the test of time, fashion and trends.
Film noir, as a genre was packed with gender stereotypes and ripe with macho men and damsels in distress: its the perfect place to pluck these characters out and re contextualise with different quotes / song lyrics / movie lines to create a new narrative on my canvas: a birkin or a goyard or a louis vuitton! Lady in red Rita Hayworth Style mashed up with Gone with The Winds ‘Frankly My Dear I don’t Give a Damn’…. The perfect film Noir lighting to photograph this bag To catch a Thief meets, Moulin Rouge
This Louis Vuitton bag was for my second male client. It was a surprise from his girlfriend. Here is a clear Pop Art comic strip style bag using all the traditional punches of pop art, from the usual explosions, graphic use of words and basic emotions. Alpha v Alpha. Its a fun piece of narrative addressing gender stereotyping throughout history and popular culture.
Its been an incredible past 8 months since i started learning to paint on bags, deciding that would be my latest canvas to express my art and explore new narratives. In general my art still centres around SCOPOPHILIA, the pleasure of gazing at the female form, finding that balance between power and vulnerability, but using the tool of Kitsch to create depth through humour and irony. My love of Pop Art, using the Pop Idiom to re contextualise images from Popular Culture and mash them up with well known quotes and song lyrics, allows me to continue my theme of art that addresses how we stereotype men and women, but in a mischievous light hearted way.
My art bags have been received with welcome arms across the globe and i now have regular clients stretching from Brazil to Dubai to Singapore. Each bag is a special commission and all enquiries are taken through firstname.lastname@example.org
My hand painted bags from Louis Vuitton to Goyard in the Daily Mail!
Get your fashion accessory, be it new, old, or in need of a revamp, painted with some Boyarde unique art. My art is all about Scopophilia: the pleasure of gazing, addressing the female stereotype throughout history, with a little mischievousness along the way! I paint on everything but paper these days, be it painting on the female body directly, painting on walls, phones, and now bags! Birkins, Goyard Totes, Louis Vuittons, Balenciaga…. What more can i say: Fashion Loves Boyarde’s Art! Enjoy!
For pricing and art enquiries and how to send your bag to me, get in touch
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This Louis Vuitton bag has been giving a whole new makeover with my Boyarde Pop Art Style. What was just a sassy bag is now unique and stands out from the crowd. I want to keep it myself! The art is based on the familiar genre of 1950s comic book strips and Pulp Fiction Thrillers and 1950s Hollywood glamour shots, where the female is normally stuck between 2 stereotypes: extremely vulnerable and week or ridiculously powerful and intimidating. My art addresses these extremes through the Pop Idiom addressing this balance between the two.
A very thorough process is under taken when painting on leather, using the highest quality leather paints, Angelus and the whole process is extremely important to make sure the paint binds with the leather and remains flexible from prepping, priming, painting in very thin layers, and protective glazes to ensure it remains waterproof. Enjoy! And do get in touch if you are interested in commissioning me to paint a bag!