London, United Kingdom
About Becky Boston
Becky Boston's paintings are a form of outsider art twice over. As well as being the work of an artist who is entirely self-taught, her luminous portraits celebrate people who are themselves outsiders: punkish and androgynous people from the East London subcultures she inhabits; people she likes, or people she feels she is like.
"˜I want to capture life as I live it', she explains in interviews. Yet her work goes far beyond mere observance and preservation. The vivid radiance of her colours imbues her subjects with an iconic quality in the original sense of the word; iconic as in the saints of early Christian art. To be unconventional in appearance is, after all, to be a kind of martyr sacrificing their bodies for a belief - in Boston's case, the belief in individuality at all cost. She depicts the human body as a personal canvas to be styled, bound, tattooed, dressed or exposed, all in honour of this cause, and questioning conventions of gender and sexuality as a result.
In My New Consciousness, for instance, a reclining nude's flat chest is set against an equally ambiguous abstract background, using androgyny as trompe-l'oeil. The tender Erin, meanwhile, combines the lonely serenity of a Hopper tableau with the queer intimacy of a Gluck portrait. Elsewhere, with the Pop Art gunslinger of I Can Shoot as Quick and Straight as Anybody Can, Boston demonstrates how the cocky hooligans of Warhol, Mapplethorpe, and Larry Clark are very much alive and well in present-day Hackney.
Boston's paintings also hint at hidden stories. The costumed child of A Friend in Me has a David Lynch-esque air of unexplained unease, while in the self-portrait I'm Just Looking At Myself, the dominance of the artist's "˜BOY' underwear invites a connection between aspirational clothing labels and journeys of gender identity. Gender may well be a brand for crowds to buy into, Boston suggests, but an individual can still tailor it to their own design.
Highgate, June 2013.
Becky has recently been featured in aMUSE Magazine's October 2012 Art Issue's Top Twenty Young British Female Artist's, and is represented by The DegreeArt.com Gallery on Vyner Street which has established itself as the market leader in UK student and graduate art sales.
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University Of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Aug 2013 Group Exhibition, Two, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, LDN
Oct 2012 Group Exhibition, Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Rd, LDN
Aug 2012 Group Exhibition, London; Your Call, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, LDN
Jun 2012 Group Exhibition, Gay and Lesbian Pride, Nolias Gallery, Southwark, LDN
Jun 2012 Group Exhibition, Dazed and Refused, The Arch Gallery, Bethnal Green, LDN
May 2012 Group Exhibition, Bodies, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, LDN
Apr 2012 Solo Exhibition, Realhair Salon, Cale Street, Chelsea, LDN
Apr 2012 Group Exhibition, Fool's Gold, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, LDN
Jan 2012 Group Exhibition, Show your own Face, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, LDN
Nov 2011 Group Exhibition, Latin American Film Festival, Vibe Bar Gallery, Brick Lane, LDN
Oct 2011 Group Exhibition, Nichola Talent Factory, Hammersmith Town Hall, LDN
Aug 2011 Solo Exhibition, XXXY, Gallery 320, Bethnal Green Rd, LDN
Nov 2010 Group Exhibition, Gay Pride, Black Box Gallery, Belfast, IE
Jun 2010 Group Exhibition, Scream Bar, Bethnal Green, LDN