Showing posts with label paintings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paintings. Show all posts

Friday, April 20, 2018

Facebook & Instagram Censorship.

Right after the congressional hearings on Facebook where Zuckerberg showed himself to be an Orwellian 'doublespeak' agent, they changed the algorithm at Instagram. Immediately my android tablet crashed and I had to do a complete reset losing all my apps, photos, videos, music, etc. Additionally my posts on instagram went from getting 30, 40, 50, or even 100+ likes to 7! That's right, SEVEN. At this point posting anything to Facebook or instagram is having diminishing returns for me and is turning out to be a waste of precious time. My digital art is of extraordinary high quality and integrity and there is no rationale for it being censored, throttled, downgraded, hidden or ghettoized. My time and resources for publicity are limited and if these digital gated communities are going to pretend they know what has value and be judges and arbiters of taste and culture then I reject them. I will not be subjected to arbitrary whims of left coast technocrats who posit themselves as cultural wranglers. Their limited world view is not in conjunction with mine insofar as my content and artistic production are not theirs to abuse as they please. THEY SHOULD BE PAYING FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO USE MY CONTENT AND ANYONE ELSES. Unless and until there is a fair recompense system put in place for content producers and/ or a VERIFIABLE level playing field set in place, my content will no longer be theirs to pilfer and profit from. Too bad. It will mean some viewers will not discover my highly valuable, artistic and generously spiritual content and that those who do have access to it will be a privileged bunch. Sometimes it is important to discriminate. We discriminate what we eat, what we wear, where we live and so we should discriminate what we accept as culture. From now on my content will be displayed the way I intend on a website that I control. Please enjoy my art and support me as an artist so that I can continue to produce, color and enliven the world. Thanks for your support.

Beau Tardy Artist

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Wimpy Painting for a Houston Heights Restaurant was Stolen!

This is a crazy story! In February I offered Balls Out Burgers in Houston Heights an original painting for becoming a new follower on my Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/tardyartist/ )
I decided it would be fun to paint Wimpy the Popeye character who always eats burgers.
Wimpy by Beau Tardy ©2018
I was really happy with the painting that was mixed media acrylic, spray paint with stencils on paper 24"x30". After framing it and delivering it I heard nothing back from Balls Out Burgers. Actually when I had delivered the painting I got a weird vibe from the guy who I handed it to. I was told he was the manager but he just kinda mumbled and took the painting without even saying thanks! Anyway, I waited a month and still heard nothing back until I emailed them to see if they even liked the painting. The response was that the painting had been stolen! Apparently someone made off with a bunch of money and the painting. How crazy is that? The nice people from customer service said they did not know that nobody had contacted me to say thanks. They offered me free burgers too, which I will gladly accept. Sorry that had to happen to them. Maybe it's time to do another painting :)

Beau Tardy with Wimpy painting. ©2018

Monday, December 11, 2017

Prints now available.

High-end gallery quality prints are now available of selected works.


High-end gallery print on art quality acid free cotton rag paper. 
Image size 8"x10". Signed and framed $50 (+ shipping).
*watermark and digital signature do not appear on original print*
"FLATS" ©2018 Beau Tardy. All rights reserved, no reproduction allowed.



High quality large print on canvas, mat finish. Image size 17" x 22".
Signed and dated. Unframed. Shipped rolled. $100 (+ shipping)
*watermark and digital signature do not appear on original print*




Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Vox Culture Art Mixer at Axelrad Beer Garden

Outdoor event public art show, Thursday Oct 5, 2017 
organized by Vox Culture at Axelrad Beer Garden, Houston. 
Sold paintings, prints and books. 

For inquiries about artwork, prints and books please contact me at beautardy(at)usa.net.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

'HIGH' original canvas on sale for only $500 (+shipping)

HIGH 30"X 24"/ SPRAY PAINT & ACRYLIC ON CANVAS/ GLOSS FINISH
I am putting this great canvas up for sale because I need to raise money quickly. This 30x24 canvas is finished with several layers of gloss varnish and just shines. Original spray paint, metallic paint and acrylic featuring hand-cut stencil of Papa Smurf. This is a gem and I want it to go to a collector who will appreciate it. Was featured in the Paris, America show at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans in 2016.





Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Paris, America Opening Feb. 13 Barrister's Gallery


Paris born American artist Beau Tardy will present new work at Barrister's Gallery for the opening of Paris, America. He will premiere new paintings, a video installation, drawings and a new book. As part of the group show French artists Louis J. Gore, Sebastien Birchler, Cyr Boitard along with Australian Mara Marich will be showing paintings, prints and sculpture.

'Dope' by Beau Tardy. Spraypaint, acrylic, stencil on canvas.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ink is thicker than blood.

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For an American audience, Charlie Hebdo is like a crossover between Mad Magazine and underground comix from the 60s, full of satire and sex. It’s as if Robert Crumb and Jon Stewart had just been gunned down during a board meeting at Comedy Central.


I lived in France and read Charlie Hebdo throughout my teens. So I am using the hashtags #JeSuisCharlie #IAmCharlieHebdo to show my support for fellow cartoonists and express my utter sadness at their brutal murders.


However this hashtag, while well intentioned, is misleading. For if everyone is ‘Charlie Hebdo’ then everyone is a victim, which is exactly what the terrorists want. But if ‘being Charlie’ means having the guts to stand up to censorship in ALL its forms, including having the right to poke islamic fanaticism in the eye, then I’m all for it. Unfortunately, I feel the opposite is beginning to happen.


London imam Anjem Choudary correctly said in defense of the Paris shootings: “If freedom of expression can be sacrificed for criminalising incitement & hatred, Why not for insulting the Prophet of Allah? #ParisShooting — Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary)”


His ironclad logic is unassailable in this world of political correctness and ‘tolerance’. When you outlaw ONE WORD, you potentially outlaw them all. When freedom of expression, WHATEVER IT MAY BE gets threatened, freedom of thought gets censored too.


People are already being jailed for saying something stupid on Facebook or posting videos. Professionals are being fired for their political or religious views. ‘Hate speech’ is a criminal offense. But who gets to determine what qualifies as hate speech? Does Anjem Choudary get to make that call? And if not, why not?


If it is NOT OK to use certain words, whichever they may be, whatever the context, then censorship has already begun. Cartoonists, writers, artists, thinkers will begin to self-censure in the name of tolerance to disguise their fear. This is already happening.


Certain thoughts and opinions become taboo and mental repression sets in, whether it be coerced or self-inflicted. History is littered with entire civilizations being brainwashed this way, ie: Nazism or Communism. This is not something new.


What is new is that our generation, from the mid 20th century until now, has never had to face a true war on the Western homeland. We have enjoyed over 65 years of peace, with no major disruption to our modern way of life.


It felt natural for me as a kid and a teenager to dream of becoming a professional cartoonist. In fact, I have based my whole life on believing that being an artist was a valid, useful and worthwhile profession. I went to art school, got jobs doing illustrations, TV graphics, magazine layouts, paintings, video installations, music concerts and my childhood dream: cartoons. Even though I have had to navigate economic ups and downs, I always believed being an artist was a good thing.


Now art has been weaponized. Artists are at the forefront of a cultural war.


Every artist is going to ask themselves if their art will offend. Some will seek out controversy as a shortcut to publicity but most others cower away and end up erasing their ‘provocative’ drawings. The net effect, I fear in the long run will be that fewer and fewer people will stand up for those who are genuine champions of free speech, like Charlie Hebdo.


So while it’s great to say #IAmCharlieHebdo, especially when everyone else is doing it, who will in the end be bold enough to risk everything to say something that is politically incorrect, or offensive to some, or ‘hate speech’?


I am an artist and I can’t answer that question.


Beau Tardy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Orleans Art Insider: LaPopSexTVArtShow at Barrister's

Sunday, May 26, 2013
LaPopSexTVArtShow at Barrister's

Got Cha by Beau Tardy.

The Claude Arts District is often considered a post-Katrina phenomenon--and it mostly is--but this show illustrates how deep the experimental Marigny-Bywater art scene's roots really are. Curated by Beau Tardy and Michael Fedor, themselves veterans of Fedor's former (1987--1990) Marigny-based Galerie Avant Gout, it also includes works by Patti D'Amico and William Warren whose Waiting Room Gallery in Bywater was active from 1997 to 2008. Both spaces catered to emerging artists, a tone that continues in this show. Tardy, who worked for MTV in New York for years, was inspired by mass media's fixation on erotic titillation as seen in GotCha, (left) a manipulated image of a babe in a vortex of flashy graphics like those TV ads that somehow inspire salacious thoughts based on nothing more than subliminal suggestion. The paintings by French counterpart Louis Jean Gorry are far more graphic, but his style is as raw as scrawled subway station graffiti. Somehow slick is more insidious. But fellow Frenchie Cyr Boitard, (left) takes a more romantic turn in his Proustian evocation of the soft porn of the past in images like an updated Toulouse Lautrec hashish fantasy.

Michael Fedor's intricately surreal collages such as Goliath, suggest something an absinthe-inspired French Quarter Max Ernst might have created in a dark corner of the Napoleon House in the lost days of yore, a sensibility complemented by Patti D'Amico's mystically tinged canvas The Medium, among others. In 2008, she and partner Warren moved to Water Valley, MS, where the omnipresent kudzu inspired him to paint humanoid vine critters like Kudzu Blues Man, a wavy gravy exercise in animist pointillism in the form of a vinous Delta musician. Throw in Margaret Meinzer's adjacent expo of pop-expressionist dreamscapes like A Small Boat at Sea and it's a weirdly wonderful show in the grand St. Claude tradition of ad hoc epiphanies by artists with eternally youthful attitudes--a sensibility that resonates neatly with French digital artist Nicolas Sassoon's Green Waves, a vast surround-sound and light environment of choreographed pixels in motion at the May Gallery in Bywater, and Irish artist Jane Cassidy's electronic music-video composition at Parse. Both of these sublimely ethereal shows at two of the newer art spaces in town extend a long local tradition of experimental art in unlikely places. ~D. Eric Bookhardt


LaPopSexTVArtShow: Group Exhibition Curated by Beau Tardy and Michael Fedor, through June 1, Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Ave, 710-4506


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Beau Tardy, Cyr Boitard, Louis-Jean Gorry, Mara Marich and Sebastien Birchler.

LaPopSexTVArtShow. Barrister's Gallery, New Orleans. Saturday, May 11 until June 1.

LaPopSexTVArtShow, the premiere, is a group exhibition by international media artists, Beau Ledoux Tardy, Mara Marich, Cyr Boitard, Louis Jean Gorry and Sebastien Birchler, opening on May 11 and running until June 1. The opening reception will take place at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans, May 11 starting at 6pm.

Surveying the pop culture landscape from a privileged vantage point as international media professionals, the group presents never before seen work that bridges the gap between analog and digital, old world and new world.

From Emmy-nominated MTV writer and producer, Mara Marich, to award-winning motion designer and editor, Beau Tardy, French advertising film director Louis Jean Gorry and film set designer Sebastien Birchler, LaPop artists reconfigure mass media and Pop Culture into art, utilizing paint, pixels, video, mixed media, collage, sound and installations.

For the new Pop Culture Artist, everything is fair game. They sample from all existing media and cultures: internet, TV, movies, books, cartoons, music, games, fashion and advertising. Sampling is the new creative paradigm by which these artists reconfigure the recorded past and create the present.

In today's Electronic Culture, everything is accessible through one big wired global central nervous system of which we are all a part. Everyone is an artist and Pop Culture is the culture. Faced with cultural chaos and hysteria, LaPop artists remote-view the future and provide clues on how to successfully navigate from old to new.

LaPopSexTVArtShow is an exciting immersive art event designed to provoke and excite.

For all media inquiries contact 917-407-3319.