What better subject matter than the fabulous Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, paired up with Ginger Rogers’ brilliant quote: “There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better in heels!” The diamonds on the back give it that extra element of luxury.
What a busy start to the year! I have been beavering away creating some fabulous new designs for clients; including a selection of mash ups which combine satirical narrative with some iconic cartoon characters! Here is a selection for you to give you a little taster.
Mickey and Minnie mouse as Captain America and Wonder Woman….
Close up of the seven dwarfs happily sitting on their Hermes, and Chanel boxes!
Betty and Wilma are notoriously known for their love of shoping, so what better than to pair them up with Samantha’s fabulous quote from sex and the City..
Couldn’t resist the irony of painting the clam of Bedrock, in reference to the multiple reality TV shows, such as the real housewives of Beverly Hills…
What better than to pair up the most narcissistic self involved cartoon character with Dolly Parton’s famous quote..
Popeye known for his strength and non-nonsensical dialogue, and his undying love for Olive, couldn’t resist giving him John Travolta’s famous line from Grease..
“Here’s Mickey!” …. my version of Johnny in the shining
Snow white uses her original quote but instead of referring to the poisonous apple she refers to her addiction to shopping.. that as the dwarfs say “she couldn’t resist”..
Mickey tries it on with the owner of the bag…!
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After such a successful year for Boyarde’s art bags, Boyarde’s bottoms have stepped back in to the limelight, and are to make an appearance on a US reality television programme! It will be aired in America in June and in England in the Autumn. We can’t give it all away now, but the project involved the lovely Julie Montagu, the ‘flexi foodie’! Keep your eyes peeled for some Beautiful Boyarde Bottoms.
It has been a very exciting start to the new year, with one of my favourite beauty brands asking me to collaborate with them! I I have been busily creating a signature Pop Art Diva for the celebration of the Chinese New year, taking place at Selfridges in Oxford street this weekend.
I decided to create a pop art diva inspired by my favourite Kiehl’s beauty product: Midnight recovery. I thought what better Disney icon for the job than Cinderella as after all ‘The magic begins at midnight for this princess!’
If this takes your fancy and you want to know more please pop by Selfridges tomorrow, between 12-6pm to meet me in person, and find out how you can get your hands on your very own exclusive piece of Boyarde bag artwork.
the final fabulous tote bag! our very own Modern day Cinderella! Clock Strikes Midnight but this is perfect for this diva!!!!the famous Kiehls Doctor skeleton rocking the Boyarde Pop Art Bag! Cosmopolitan magazine loves the Boyarde Pop Art Diva bag for Kiehls!
My goodness what a busy year it has been! And incredibly exciting and humbling; just over a year ago, i decided to learn how to paint on leather and vinyl handbags and embrace my new fashion audience, having successfully hand painted 100 pairs of limited edition Charlotte Olympia Dolly’s for the Neiman Marcus – Charlotte Olympia Collaboration for Art Basel 2012. Since then, my hand bags have featured in Vogue Brasil, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, You Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Marie Claire Turkey, L’officiel Indonesia and more! I love painting, but in particular l have always liked a challenge, and have always found myself painting on unusual canvasses from body painting to murals. My passion has always been about empowering women, and addressing how we gender stereotype. I am a visual artist, and was often described by my tutors at art university, as being too ‘literal’. So it was last year that i decided to turn being literal, from a ‘weakness’ into my strength, embracing the irony of superficial visually aesthetic art. And this is where my Pop Art side comes in…!
Here is a snippet from my press release that sums it up:
When focusing on her painterly work, Boyarde describes herself as ‘painting on everything but paper’. This came as a natural transition from using the female body as a canvas, to shoes and most recently bags. Her Pop Art now transcends from the body to fashion accessories, and her new projects explore further her fascination with the female form and the nature of its power, engendered in the ‘pleasure of looking’: Scopophilia. This notion examines all gazes, from narcissism within the subject, to objectification by the viewer. Working in the Pop Idiom, Boyarde re-contextualizes familiar sub-conscious Scopophilic images of all types of art from The Pre-Raphaelites to Lichtenstein, to The Golden Age of Comics to icons of photography and cinema. In doing so she unravels the history of gender stereotype and by painting onto her canvas, be it the female body or a handbag, she transforms high art into low art, back into high art, by embracing the wonderful vulgar progress of kitsch.
The word is spreading, and my fabulous clientele reach from Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Dubai, Saudi Arabia to Europe and all the way over to Brazil. Here are some pictures of recent creations that focus around popular culture, stigma’s and stereotypes… Enjoy :)
Love this Film Noir, silver screen creation for a gorgeous Brazilian Client on her Burgundy Hermes 35 Birkin.
‘Im not like other girls’ says Alice…! A classic Cecil Beaton picture of Audrey Hepburn, for this romantic, subtle artwork on this Blue Birkin. Who can resist, painting Coco on a Coco! Love this design! One of the most famous Alpha Male Quotes from Gone with the Wind, turned around to be said by this film noir beauty. ‘Frankly My dear, i don’t give a damn!’ Somewhere over the Rainbow…. that’s where you’ll find me… I will try to post more images soon, with some behind the scenes of the artwork. I hope you enjoyed it. For commission enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com for all the information, please note there is currently a waiting list of around 7-14 weeks for completion of the artwork.
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 played by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967.
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
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
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. on BBC 3’s Russell Howard show, it was a hoot! Backstage, waiting to be filmed. Alexandra’s beautiful bottom!BOOM BOOM BOOM, she was explosive and he knew it! a parody of pulp and film noir femme fatales.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
go on! you know you want to!
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.
Angelus Paints from Angelus Direct :)