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Beau Raymond

Beau Raymond

Beau Raymond is a versatile ceramicist producing a wide-ranging body of sculpture and functional pottery rich with humor. He sculpts, he paints his pots, and he alters functional forms to sit somewhere in between, producing bold caricatures alongside more subtly disturbing objects. Beyond the goal creating laughter, Beau employs social commentary and self-deprecation for an added layer of meaning.

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Beau Raymond Make My Day Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Badass Sucka Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Night Cap Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Thirsty Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Fill Me Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Git Moving Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond All in the Reflexes Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Epicup Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Epicup Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Epicup Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Epicup Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond Epicup Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Beau Raymond at MudFire

Gallery group show Creatures of the Night, August 2011

 

Beau Raymond Artist Bio

Beau Raymond was born in Cut Off, Louisiana. Yes, Cut Off was the name of his hometown,a small Cajun area located on the bayous of Lafourche Parish Louisiana. It is a productive fishing area rich in culture and heritage. Great food, great drink, and great people surrounded him. Hard-working, fun-loving individuals who believed in working hard and playing even harder. Social interactions and gatherings were common events among family and friends. This is an ongoing and important aspect to Beau's life and work.He often ventured out of the bayous and into the city of New Orleans where his eyes were exposed to, let's say, a plethora of visual stimuli. Between Voodoo, Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street there were few dull moments.

Beau, like most kids during the 1980's, became influenced by television, comic books and movies. They became the vital source of his aesthetic foundation. When Beau was young, his mother worked for video stores and he was given access to a multitude of movies. It was his own private collection of sorts. His mother was a lover of horror films, and as a result, he became one as well. Beau became fascinated by the absurd and ridiculous qualities of horror and b-movies.

Beau's work today attempts to reflect upon the inspirational art from his childhood. Works of Robert Crumb, Mad Magazine, Garbage Pail Kids and John Carpenter inspire and drive his art to question societal norms and the humor within our daily lives.

 

Beau Raymond Artist Statement

Are you laughing? Well, I hope so. . .

Humor is a device used for centuries to relieve stress, anger and as a means to speak out about controversial social issues in a non-violent manner. Comedians such as Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield and Dave Chappelle used their comedic genius to speak out on behalf of the everyday individual. The comic stands on stage demanding the attention of his audience, much like a sculpture sits on its pedestal. Yet the comic speaks to its audience using the most abundant comedic material, our everyday human follies

It is my intent to first entertain the audience with a punch line, a visual signifier that induces laughter. Once laughing, I attempt to inform the viewer of the social commentary present in each work. I use self-deprecation in order for my audience to identify with my work. It is the humor in my own actions that allow me to observe the folly of others.

I only ask my audience to laugh with or at me, and for that moment, they no longer think about life as stressful but find the humor in it. Even if it is only for that moment, we can say, damn that's funny and laugh together.



Beau Raymond Artist Resume

Education:
2008 Master of Fine Arts, Concentration: Ceramics, School of Art and Art History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2004 Bachelor of Arts, Concentration: Ceramics, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana
Experience:
Fall 2009-10 Workshop Demonstrator, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia, along with artist AJ Argentina
Fall 2009-10 Instructor, CER 3000 / Handbuilding I, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Fall 2009-10 Instructor, All-Levels Handbuilding, Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
Fall 2009-10 Instructor, Tile Time, Art Center West, Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
Fall 2009-10 Resident Artist, Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
Summer 2009 Instructor, All-Levels Handbuilding, Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
Summer 2009 Workshop Assistant, Assistant to Debra Fritts, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
Spring 2009 Workshop Demonstrator, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. Demonstrated various methods of figure sculpture
Fall 2008-09 Workshop Assistant, Assistant to Debra Fritts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Fall 2008-09 Resident Artist, Roswell Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
Fall 2008-09 Instructor Beginning Handbuilding, Roswell Art Center West,
Roswell, GA
Summer 2008 Studio Assistant, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Fall 2008 Curator: Americana Refigured, shoe proposal accepted for NCECA 2008
Fall 2007 Instructor of Record, University of Florida, School of Art and Art History, Gainesville, Florida. Taught Figurative Sculpting class withEmphasis on anatomy, ART 2704C.
Fall 2007 Workshop Demonstrator, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida. Demonstrated Figure Sculpting techniques and presented power-point lecture
Spring 2007 Instructor of Record, University of Florida, School of Art and Art History, Gainesville, Florida. Taught ceramic three-dimensional design ART 2757C.
Spring 2007 Workshop Demonstrator, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida. Demonstrated portrait sculpting to beginning-level ceramics
Fall 2006 Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, School of Art and Art History, Gainesville, Florida. Assisted Nan Smith in Ceramic Sculpture I class, ART 3764C.
Fall 2006 Kiln Room Assistant, University of Florida, School of Art and Art, History, Gainesville, Florida. Maintained kiln room facilities and firing ofclass kilns
Fall 2006 Workshop Demonstrator, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Florida. Demonstrated portrait sculpting to beginning-level ceramics
Spring 2006 W.A.R.P Studio Monitor, Workshop of Art and Research Practices, University of Florida, School of Art and Art History, Gainesville, Florida. Assisted students after hours in studio and maintained facility during weekends.
Fall 2005 Kiln Room Assistant, University of Florida, School of Art and Art History, Gainesville, Florida. Maintained kiln room facilities and firing of class kilns
Fall 2002-2004 Studio Assistant, Nicholls State University, Department of Art, Thibodaux, Louisiana. Maintained all art studios and supplies for students
Exhibitions:
2010 Resident Artists Exhibition, Roswell Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
2010 National Juried Cup Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska, Juror: Linda Arbuckle
2010 Let's Be Friends, two-person exhibition with Magda Gluszek, The Catron Art Gallery, Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee
2009 First Annual International Cup Show, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Juror: Beth Lo
2009 National Juried Cup Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska, Juror: Peter Pinell
2009 Resident Artists Exhibition, Roswell Art Center West, Roswell, Georgia
2009 Body Perspectives Invitational, Funke Fired Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
2009 Panorama: New Ceramic Work from the University of Florida, Roswell Art Center West, Roswell, GA
2008 Margret Brown Kalonder Fifth Annual Graduate Exhibition, The Clay Studio,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2008 You've Got Male, MFA Thesis Exhibition II, University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2008 Americana Refigured, Modern Formations Gallery, NCECA 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2007 With Our Two Hands, Media Image Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
2007 Ceramic Sculpture National Juried Exhibition, Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana. Jurors: Joe Bova and Virginia Scotchie
2007 HOT Summer, Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2007 PING, Cofrin Gallery, Oak Hall School, Gainesville, Florida
2006 10 x 10, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Florida
2006 You Know You Want To Touch IT, WARPhaus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2006 MFA 1+2, WARPhaus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2006 Figure 9b, WARPhaus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2006 Shrinkage, Focus Gallery, School of Art and Art History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
2005 Alterations, Media Image Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
2005 MFA first and second year show, WARPhaus Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
2004 The Inferno, Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, B.A Exhibition
2004 Local Artists, Thibodaux Country Club Gallery, Thibodaux, Louisiana
2004 Student Juried Exhibition, Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, awarded first place sculptural ceramics
2004 Kappa Phi Exhibition, Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana
2003 Student Juried Exhibition, Ameen Art Gallery, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, awarded first place sculptural ceramics and honorable mention ceramics