Back for his 3rd RUN, we welcome Beau Stanton. Stanton's work explores the dynamic between graphic iconography and classicism, juxtaposing apocalyptic imagery with the aesthetic excess of Victorianism in order to synthesize organic and ornamental into a coherent post millennial point of view. He fuses elements of 19th century letterpress printing designs with masterful figurative oil painting, embellishing and manipulating focus, light and perspective. Catching up with Beau we asked him how Semiotics plays into the visual vocabulary of his artwork.
"Semiotics refers to visual symbols and how they are used to convey information. In this image,The History of Semiotics, the majority of the painting is composed of horizontal stratified layers of the Earth, each made of graphic ornaments from various cultures throughout history. Together they form a chronological descent into the past through the drilled cavity of an oil derrick. Using some of my favorite subjects like Pre-Cambrian sea creatures, skulls, cogs and fire, The History of Semiotics is a metaphoric penetration into the prehistoric.
Unearthing ancient narratives from the detritus of industrial decline, where Sirens grapple with sinking ships and Sibyls predict cataclysmic events, Beau Stanton gilds his apocryphal myth with the graphical elements of creation, destruction and rebirth, inviting the viewer inside our collective unconscious ornamented by layers of chipped artifice and the rusted machinations of time." - Beau Stanton
This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Beau Stanton and 1xRUN
Read on below for our latest 1xRUN Thru Interview with Beau as we talk about his latest piece,he takes us through his Brooklyn studio space and more...
A multi-disciplinary artist, Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images.
Stanton is originally from California where he studied Illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. He relocated to New York after graduating in 2008 where continues to live and work in Red Hook, Brooklyn constantly drawing inspiration from local nautical history. His work has recently been shown in a 12th Century crypt, on the Berlin Wall, a Fiat 500, and in galleries worldwide.