1xRun Thru Interview
Beau Stanton – Alchemic Bloom
1xRun: Let’s talk about Alchemic Bloom, is the original still for sale?
1xRun: When was Alchemic Bloom drawn/created?
Beau Stanton: I made this piece while in Detroit in January as part of the Woodward Windows project downtown. It was a really good time even though the vacant storefront I was working in didn’t have heat or proper lighting. I felt like I was making something in a post apocalyptic future. I wanted to make the mural very specific to Detroit so I incorporated design elements I found on my previous trip to the city including the ceiling pattern from the Guardian building. Ideas of growth, rebirth, creation, and progress all contributed to the imagery I choose to combine into the end result.
1xRun: Let’s talk about some of the materials you printed on or had drawn with for this piece.
Beau Stanton: First I designed the overall composition by collaging patterns that I hand rendered in ink then blew up on a large format plotter. Next I applied transparent layers of acrylic paint over the entire piece then drew out the tree, gears, and anatomical elements. Last, I proceeded to render out everything in opaque acrylic paint.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execute on of this piece came about?
Beau Stanton: The piece was created for the Woodward Windows project put on by Street Culture Mash and 323 East Gallery as an outdoor gallery utilizing vacant storefronts in one of Downtown Detroit’s main avenues. Check out more at 323East’s Blog as well as at Street Culture Mash to learn more about Woodward Windows.
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Beau Stanton: About four days. One day to design, three to execute the mural. This is the largest moveable piece I’ve every made (not attached to a wall or building).
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Beau Stanton: This print is extremely unique, only ten of each color way, hand screened tree element using a blend from blue/orange/or green to black. Adding even more variation, each print is then hand embellished with transparent acrylic paint making each individual print a unique work.
1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.
Beau Stanton: illumination.
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Beau Stanton: I’ve been into drawing and painting since I can remember and it’s been a constant part of my routine ever since.
1xRun: What was your first piece?
Beau Stanton: No idea, but there was definitely a stylistic evolution that lead to my current aesthetic. The first piece I made in this style was Crimson #1(below.)
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
Beau Stanton: I remember renting a library book on Da Vinci in elementary school which was my first real inspiration. This led me to get really into other Renaissance artists and peaked my interest in classical drawing and painting.
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
Beau Stanton: I’m definitely influenced by the design sense of the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts movements of the late 19th century. I source a lot of my patterns from design elements from that time. I’m also a sucker for Art Nouvea and Deco. Artists that inspire me vary but lately I’ve been really into Vermeer, Alphonse Mucha, Da Vinci, Renee Magrite, and Andrew Wyeth.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Beau Stanton: I listen to a an eclectic mix of music but Tom Waits is usually my go to.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
Beau Stanton: Tom Waits. My visual aesthetic has been highly informed by his music and I have always wanted to translate what he does in music into visual form.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Beau Stanton: I’d like to work with some master stained glass craftsman who worked in the Tiffany Studio the 1800’s. These guys were creating some really incredible work that seems to be a lost art today. I’ve been really wanting to translate my work into stained glass for a while.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Beau Stanton: I’ve never bought any work :(
1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?
1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?
Alchemic Bloom Prints Go Onsale March 5th at Noon EST.