Pop Surrealism

Beau Stanton

United States 1985

Urban Art, Street Art, Pop Surrealism


Beau Stanton
Beau Stanton
United States
October 16, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

Beau Stanton is a painter and muralist who creates from tiny eye miniatures to large-scale murals. He combines classical oil painting with intricate patterns inspired by decayed infrastructure and ancient architecture and ornaments.

Stanton is originally from Southern California where he studied Illustration and Drawing and Painting. He relocated to New York after graduating in 2008, where he apprenticed for Pop Iconoclast Ron English. Stanton was influenced heavily by such luminaries as Robert Williams and Mark Ryden, as well as Realist painters Andrew Wyeth and Alphonse Mucha.

Beau Stanton 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. Stanton fuses elements of 19th-century letterpress printing designs with masterful figurative oil painting, embellishing and manipulating focus, light and perspective.

He 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.

Stanton’s interest in iconic visual symbols, as well as Jungian archetypes, often provide the foundation for his images. In order to concoct these elaborate compositions, he is constantly compiling photo reference of ornaments and patterns as he finds them in architectural elements, old books, and everyday objects. These artifacts appear in Stanton’s paintings as visual cogs in heavily ornamented machine-like compositions. The initial studies are then distilled into highly ornate compositions utilizing a variety of techniques including ink renderings, digital media, and screen printing. Finally, the pieces are fully rendered in delicate layers of oil paint, manipulating focus, light, and perspective.

Beau Stanton has exhibited throughout the United States, Germany, the UK, Italy, Japan, and Australia.

Stanton continues to live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Saints and SinnersStolenSpace Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Palabra Succulent Studios, Greenpoint, BrooklynGroup
2014Inaugural group exhibitionLast Rites Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2014Cartography of the MachineCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CASolo
2014Art Collector Starter Kit IICorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2013Bad Dads 3Spoke Art Gallery, SFGroup
2013UntitledBold Hype Gallery, Chelsea Group
2013Starter Kit show Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2013SCOPE MiamiMiami Beach, MIGroup
2013Winter Group ShowStolenSpace Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Shades: An Exploration of the Single PaletteCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2013Arcane ArchetypesLast Rites Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2013Sanguine MachineHijinks Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013ShadesCorey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2012George Hearts MariaHelium Cowboy Artspace, Hamburg, Germany.Group
2012Lyric show323 East Gallery, MIGroup
2012Last Rites 5 Year Anniversary Group ExhibitionLast Rites Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2012Bad Dads 2Spoke Art Gallery, SFGroup
2012Archaic Ornaments Bold Hype, New York, NYSolo
2011I Have A Dream, I Have A Nightmare  Ad Hoc Art, New York City, NYGroup
2011Rebaroque Artist Series Sound wallSCOPE, New YorkGroup
2011South Park 15th Anniversary ShowComedy Central & Opera Gallery, NYGroup
2011The Letter CollectorHijinks Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Dark Pop 3Last Rites Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
201113th Hour  Last Rites Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2011Paper CutsSpoke Art Gallery, SFGroup
2008Election 2008 : The Square Foot ShowArt Gotham, New York City, NYGroup