Tag: Beau Stanton

Let’s Review…

Holy holy!  It’s the end of the year already and looking back through the past twelve months, I’m really impressed by how great the art and shows were, and also dismayed by how I forgot some of them. So, in case all y’alls have forgotten because of the barrage of great art you have encountered over the year, let’s review and savor one last time before the end of the world comes (it’ll be 2012, after all).

We began the year with As It Was Before, a two person show by Martin Machado and Todd Freeman with install by Aleksandra Zee.

Ghost Fish by Martin Machado

Ghost Fish by Martin Machado

Torch Lake by Todd Freeman

Torch Lake by Todd Freeman

Then on to February with the resin collage work of Sebastian Wahl‘s Kaleidoscope Eyes.

Kaleidoscope Eye 4 by Sebastian Wahl

Kaleidoscope Eye 4 by Sebastian Wahl

In March we had The Letter Collector which was a massive group show with all the artists showing their love of script and type.

Z by Eli Harris

Z by Eli Harris

S by Damon Macgregor

S by Damon Macgregor

With April came American Mythic, Peter Gronquist‘s use of ebay items and mixed media to create a variety of interesting and tongue-in-cheek works.

American Mythic by Peter Gronquist

American Mythic by Peter Gronquist

Robert Minervini‘s Sunken Dreams owned May with the geodesic domes settled in quiet dystopian landscapes.

Under the Influence of the Season by Robert Minervini

Under the Influence of the Season by Robert Minervini

June was a healthy serving of Bad Casserole, David Bayus‘ mixed media works.

That Museum Visit by David Bayus

That Museum Visit by David Bayus

July came with Lisa Congdon‘s Icelandic inspired works in Boreas with installation by Sarah Applebaum.

Antarctic Camper by Lisa Congdon

Antarctic Camper by Lisa Congdon

Extra Dimensional Quilt by Sarah Applebaum

Extra Dimensional Quilt by Sarah Applebaum

We had Gregory Ito‘s Point of Vision, an exploration in broadening his own perception on time for the whole of August.

As the Sun sets with Grace by Gregory Ito

As the Sun sets with Grace by Gregory Ito

Post-apocalyptic Sanguine Machine: Antedeluvian Artifacts from Futures Past by Beau Stanton presented us with creation/destruction in September.

Mortality Mask by Beau Stanton

Mortality Mask by Beau Stanton

Pakayla Biehn had October superimposed and double-exposed with her paintings in (t)here.

On and Ever Onward by Pakayla Biehn

On and Ever Onward by Pakayla Biehn

And last but not very least, we finish out the year with Scott Greenwalt‘s Alchemist, delving into what “change” really means.

Thousands of Years ago in the Future by Scott Greenwalt

Thousands of Years ago in the Future by Scott Greenwalt

Dang. That’s a lotta good art.

Weekend Extravaganza

Heading down to Los Angeles for this weekend’s LA Art Fair! Don’t worry we will still be open for one last day of Sanguine Machine by Beau Stanton. If you aren’t attending the Art Fair you should definitely hit up our pal, Casey Gray’s exhibition titled Style of Eye, opening this Saturday October 1st, at White Walls Gallery. Check out his sweet promo video here.

New Prints by Beau Stanton

We recently released a new print in coordination with Beau Stanton’s solo exhibition, Sanguine Machine. Check out our new arrivals in the Gallery Hijinks Shop.

deusexmachinaDeus Ex Machina print is an archival giclee print of original oil painting, it is 13″ x 14″ and signed by artist.

kaleidoscopeKaleidoscope print is an archival print that’s 10″ x 8″ and signed by artist.

gunshotGunshot print is an archival print that’s 10″ x 8″ and signed by artist..

Sanguine Machine opening reception photos

Thank you to all who traveled far and wide for the opening reception of Sanguine Machine, new works by Beau Stanton. Check out a few snapshots of the event below or see the entire album on our facebook page.




















Beau Stanton Installation

Beau Stanton is not only an amazing oil painter but turns out he can make cool installations too! After taking a few trips around the greater Bay Area to collect the materials to make these framed structures, the team went to work. Special thanks to Erik Otto for donating scraps from his massive salvaged collection of goodies, Builders Recourses, Ohmega Salvage and the streets of this great city.













SF Weekly write-up on Beau Stanton

SF Weekly did a blog post today on some of the pieces in Beau Stanton‘s upcoming exhibition, Sanguine Machine. Here’s a little quote from the article, you can read the entire post on the SF Weekly website here.

When it comes to surrealism, we can’t help but moon over artists who produce such detailed and complex pieces that we think to ourselves “Holy guacamole, what am I even looking at?” It’s astounding what the human mind is capable of transferring onto a canvas, just take Beau Stanton’s 19th century letterpress-inspired paintings.


Artist Interview: Beau Stanton

In a recent interview with New York based artist Beau Stanton, we sat down to ask him a few questions about his upcoming solo exhibition  titled Sanguine Machine, opening this September at Gallery Hijinks. As apprentice to the father of Popaganda, this artist classifies his own art as Neo-Ornamentalist-Subjective-Realism. What does that mean? Keep reading…

beau stanton portrait

Photo credit: Ron English

Gallery Hijinks: “One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history.”-popaganda.com How has your mentorship with Ron English helped shape your artistic style, process and focus?

Beau Stanton: I gained a better understanding of what it takes to create a compelling image. Working with Ron also woke me up to the reality of how much one actually has to work to be successful as a painter. Sadly, he put to rest the romantic idea of the sleeping-in drinking all day “artist’s lifestyle.”


GH: Please describe the process of making one of your paintings?

BS: I begin with a drawing that establishes the overall composition. Next, I lay out the design elements in collage or photoshop or a combination of both. The drawing and designs are then combined into a single silk screen that is used to transfer the entire under drawing. After a simple underpainting I go on to render everything in oil paint.

beau stanton in the studioPhoto credit: Bold Hype

GH: What is the inspiration for “Sanguine Machine: Antediluvian Artifacts from Futures Past” and how does it play out in the work for the show?

BS: Any kind of pre-modern architecture, ornamentation, letterpress printing, or decayed infrastructure serves as an inspiration. Lately I’ve been exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the NYC area to collect photo reference and artifacts for my paintings. You can see a few of these adventures on my blog here.

Exploring Glenwood Power Station

GH: We can’t help but appreciate the contrasts between your use of destructive or violent imagery (such as guns or mushroom clouds) and their ornate and romantic environments. Are there any concepts behind this?

BS: A main idea at work in this show has to do with the end of a cycle and how beauty can be found in the degradation. I like to think of it as an optimist’s approach to the apocalypse.

Reason Sleeps by Beau StantonReason Sleeps

GH: If you lived in the victorian era what would you like your job to be (besides a painter)?

BS: Letterpress printer, a Baron, or both.

GH: If two unfamiliar viewers were to spark up a conversation about your work, what do you think they would talk about? What would you want them to take away from the collection?

BS: I like it when two people have completely different interpretations of a painting. If I’m able to raise interesting questions without over stating the concepts behind the work I’ve done my job well.

Mushroom Cloud by Beau Stanton

GH: How do you use symbolism in your work? Are there any lessons for the viewer?

BS: One of the main themes of this body of work is how visual symbols can be iconic and accessible, yet esoteric in meaning. I like to provide visual touchstones for the viewer with the iconic while also allowing room for complex concepts to be interpreted.

GH: Can you explain the aesthetic choices you make in your pieces? For example, why choose to place a fanned pattern in the corner versus in the center of the composition. Are these choices planned or impulsive?

BS: These decisions can be impulsive or planned. Overall layout is mostly an intuitive process but there are also situations where I aim to create tension or a point of focus which requires more strategic design.

Contrived View by Beau StantonContrived View

GH: How long have you been painting? Please talk about your creative history.

BS: I was born to creative and visually inclined parents who encouraged the art thing. I’ve been paintings since I was 10 and been drawing since I can remember. Later I moved on to work in a variety of media including darkroom photography, sculpture, and every kind of paint imaginable. During and after school I worked as a freelance illustrator. I relocated to New York after college and started curating pop-up exhibitions while working for Ron English.

GH: How has your artistic path shaped the person you are today?

BS: It’s forced me to look for the lowest interest rates on credit cards.

Sanguine Machine new works by Beau Stanton


On Exhibit: September 3rd– September 24th, 2011

Opening Reception: September 3rd, 2011 from 6-11pm

Gallery Hijinks is proud to present Sanguine Machine: Antediluvian Artifacts from Futures Past, a solo exhibition by Beau Stanton. This collection of paintings is heavily influenced by the relationship between destruction and creation, the end of a cycle, and the beauty that can be found in its degradation. Please join us for the opening reception on September 3rd, 2011 from 6-10pm.

In Sanguine Machine Beau Stanton takes an optimist’s approach to the apocalypse.  He explores the dynamic between graphic iconography and classicism, juxtaposing destructive imagery with the aesthetic excess of Victorianism. The collection provides visual touchstones for the viewer through iconic symbols that hold esoteric meaning revealing a complex narrative.

The work combines classical oil painting with intricate silkscreen patterns inspired by pre-modern architecture, ornamentation, letterpress printing designs, and decayed infrastructure. In search for historical reference, Stanton begins his artistic process by exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area. He collects photos and artifacts from these places to create a foundation for a compelling image. The initial drawing and designs are combined into single silk screens that are used to formulate the composition.  After the ornate environments are completed, he then goes on to render the entire piece in oil paint. Combining letterpress designs with masterful oil painting techniques, Stanton manipulates focus, light and perspective.

A member of the third generation of Pop Surrealism, Stanton hails from California and is influenced heavily by Realist painters Andrew Wyeth and Alphonse Mucha as well as the Aesthetic Movement of the late 19th Century. He relocated to New York after graduation in 2008, and has since been mentored by New York Pop Surrealist Ron English. He has also curated pop-up exhibitions in both New York and Los Angeles and has shown work with Ad Hoc Art, Opera New York, and Last Rites Galleries.

Sanguine Machine: Antediluvian Artifacts from Futures Past opens September 3rd and runs through September 24th, 2011 and is open to the public. For more information on the exhibition or Beau Stanton please visit galleryhijinks.com or email us at info@galleryhijinks.com

The Letter Collector Teaser

We proudly  present The Letter Collector, and exhibition of over 50 artists. This massive group show is based on our common love of type and script. The viewer will experience an assortment of letters expressed through a range of mediums: drawing, painting, photography, neon, sculpture, video and mixed media. Please join us for the opening reception this Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 6-10pm at Gallery Hijinks!

Exhibiting artists include: Aaron Bo Heimlich, Alexandra ZeeAndrea Wan, Andrew Johnson, Andrew McCintockAustin McManusBeau StantonCasey GrayCatherine Ryan, Chris BlackstockChristian Rex Van MinnenChristopher DavisonClaire Colette, Cora Lanzisero, Damon MacGregor, David BayusDenise SantillanDustin KlienEli HarrisEric HelveErik OttoErik ParaFernando PizarroHannah StoufferJakub KalousekJason VivonaJing WeiJon Contino, Kyle Jorgensen, Lafe Eaves, Lisa CongdonLouise ChenMark Warren JacquesMatthew ReamerMeryl PatakyMike GiantMolly BosleyMorgan BlairNas ChompasPakayla BiehnTimothy KarpinskiRich PellegrinoRobert MinerviniRosie HannaRussell LengRyan De La HozRyan Riss, Sarah Patterson, Sean Somers, Seth NeefusShea Greene, Tanya Behar, Uri Korn, Whitney Lasker, Viktor Layne, and Yellena James.

Artist Feature: Beau Stanton

Beau Stanton explores the dynamic between graphic iconography and classicism. He is a masterful figurative oil painter, who is also a member of the third generation of pop surrealism. He has curated pop-up exhibitions in both New York and Los Angeles, and has exhibited with Ad Hoc Art and Last Rites Galleries. In addition to “The Letter Collector” group show this March, he has future exhibitions at Opera Gallery in New York and London.

Beau Stanton KaleidoscopeKaleidoscope– oil on canvas

Beau created this live painting during the 4th Street Arts and Music Festival in Jersey City. It is currently exhibited in the JC City Hall.

Dark-Pop-Beau-StantonGasp- oil on canvas

This painting was created in the reverse practice of Ekphrasis, as a visual response to the poetry of Greg McClure.

Beau Stanton GunshotGunshot– oil on canvas

beau stanton- immaculate combustionImmaculate Combustion– oil on canvas

Beau Stanton-Immaculate Combustion detailImmaculate Combustion (detail)

crimsonCrimson 1– oil on canvas
Beau Stanton- Crimson 1 detailCrimson 1 (detail)
Beau Stanton- Derelict VesselDerelict Vessel– oil on canvas
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