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
Corey Helford Gallery Presents its 10th Anniversary Show

The latest Corey Helford Gallery Show in LA celebrates their 10th anniversary with a remarkable roster of more than 100 renowned artists at their new space

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Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton Exhibition Depicts the Calm Before the Storm

Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton join forces to explore nautical traditions and modern-day concerns in the Calm Before the Storm exhibition at Highline Loft

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Freaks and Americana at Corey Helford

Roll up! Roll up! The freaks are coming to town, I suggest you put on your Sunday best clothes and head down to the Corey Helford Gallery to catch the new group show Freaks and Americana: An Exploration of Big Top Culture.

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Art Fair Hits

Before SCOPE New York 2015, the Miami Beach edition of the fair in 2014 has been the most successful in the art fair history of 15 years

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Autumn at StolenSpace Gallery

Chilly autumn is here and StolenSpace Gallery in London offers a heart-warming remedy with two amazing shows by Word To Mother and Beau Stanton.

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Beau Stanton's Sacred Space

The Crypt of St John the Baptist in Bristol is currently housing Beau Stanton’s first solo European exhibition. In love with all things ancient, Stanton chose this old, mystical venue to showcase his new body of work inspired by sacred spaces.

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Saints and Sinners

An exhibition entitled Saints and Sinners opens on July 11, to run through August 3 featuring an impressive roster of urban artists, including the most intriguing stars of the genre, such as Word to Mother, Pixel Pancho, Cyrcle, Charlie Anderson and more.

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Cartography of the Machine

Next Saturday, on April 19, CHG Circa presents Beau Stanton’s L.A. solo debut titled “Cartography of the Machine”. The show will feature 14 new multi-media works of this exceptional artist.

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Urban Art Exhibitions: April 13- 19

Urban art exhibitions taking place from April 13 - 19 showcase works: by Shepard Fairey at Subliminal; Nychos at Fifty24SF; Askew1 at Known Gallery; and Beau Stanton at CHG Circa.

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Winter Group Show at StolenSpace

his year’s Winter Group Show at StolenSpace Gallery in London brought some fresh art creations made by Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Rone, C215, Reka, Beau Stanton, Cope2, Kai and Sunny, Ronzo, Twoone, Zio Ziegle and many others.

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Review - SCOPE art fair during Art Basel Miami week 2013

Our review of one of the excelled satellite fairs of Art Basel week in Miami, the SCOPE art show, points out gallery booths that excelled. SCOPE has been an established art event for over a decade, having over fifty art exhibits to its name.

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