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.
A painter and muralist, Stanton creates work ranging in size from tiny eye miniatures to large-scale images ornamenting entire building facades.
The work combines classical oil painting with intricate patterns inspired by ancient architecture, letterpress ornaments, 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 In search for historical reference, Stanton begins his artistic process by exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area collecting photo references, Victorian ephemera, and antiquated machinery. These artifacts often appear in Stanton’s paintings as visual cogs in heavily ornamented machine-like compositions. The initial studies of these artifacts are then distilled into highly ornate silk-screened compositions. Finally, the pieces are fully rendered with oil paint, manipulating focus, light and perspective.
Stanton is originally from Southern California where he studied Illustration and Drawing and Painting. He relocated to New York after graduation in 2008, and has since been mentored by New York Pop Surrealist Ron English. He has shown with Ad Hoc Art, SCOPE Art Show, Helium Cowboy Artspace, Spoke Art and Corey Helford Gallery.