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RIP George Romero: Night of the Living Deb

After several months of treatment for an all-to-common malady these days, and for which I received tremendous medical guidance and support from the Juravinksi Centre, a knock came to my door.

It was esteemed radiologist and all-round great guy Stephen Sagar and his lovely partner Christina.

The good doctor was key to zapping the unwelcome intruders out of my system and also keeping my spirits up.

He was popping in to my studio to have a look at a particular painting that we had talked about — Night of the Living Deb.

The painting was part of an effort several years back to commemorate the masterpiece film Night of the Living Dead by cult director George Romero.

The image of my painting was as part of a collection of images for a book. I kept original of course, and never planned to part with it.

It was meant to be part of Dr. Sagar’s own collection.

Then, the painting had a new life.

As a lifelong fan of Romero and his movies,  Dr. Sagar made a point of meeting the director at a Canadian ComicCon event.

He had the painting with him, all nicely framed and ready for the possibility that Romero might agree to sign.

And he did — just months before he died.

A photo is of two heroes of mine. I cherish the moment and will endure in a very meaningful way.

Night of the Living Deb
Director George Romero, left, and Dr. Stephen Sagar with Night of the Living Deb painting by Bev Hogue





Beluxe partners with Pretty Fierce on yoga pants launch

Beluxe is proud to announce the launch of a line of yoga pant designs with partner Pretty Fierce.

The fashion forward leggings align Bevs Hogue’s “Blue or Nothing” art images with action and fashion gear.

“Pretty Fierce is an exciting company to partner with on this important expansion of the Beluxe brand,” Bev says.

“They really get it, and it’s vital to see some of my favourite art scenes presented with with such raw courage.”

This is a sneak peak at the collection. You can purchase this “Ruby Tuesday” style in a variety of sizes directly from, our Shopify sales site.

Watch for more details to come.

Wholesale enquiries, please contact


A world of blue and you

One of the great things about Beluxe is making connections with a lot of people in a lot of places.

Through exhibits, galleries and trade shows across North America, Europe and Asia, we have met thousands of art lovers and supporters. You enrich our lives and the love is returned.

Bev pours back the support by daring to look deeper in her creations. A new series of paintings is under way that we will soon be able to show.

Through Beluxe, we have new opportunities to share with a wider audience in exciting new ways. One big example is the special release of a framed piece of art that is available on Wal-Mart.

Ink Chiffon II
Ink Chiffon II

Shades of blue at Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons is an art-wine-food event in the Eastside of Toronto May 13 and 14.

Along with  gourmet food, wine and beer tastings, live music, there will be a pop-up art gallery.

I will have an exhibit of my latest paintings here, so if you are in the city to say hello and see some of my recent work.

It’s a great event, with proceeds going to support Second Harvest.

The weather in Toronto is expected to be chilly. What better way to chase the “what-ever-happened-to-summer”blues away then to have a few cups at Silver Spoons, District 28. (28 Logan)


Bev Hogue painting LAX featured at Silver Spoons, District 28 in Toronto
Bev Hogue painting LAX featured at Silver Spoons, District 28 in Toronto

Super Duper Show

Bev Hogue superheros and villains are gathering at Toronto’s Super Wonder Gallery for an exhibition that opens April 15 and 16. The large space at 876 Bloor W. will feature the work of 60 painters, sculptors and installation artists who have created works for the “Super Duper Show.”

Bev is cooking up a few special pieces for the show, including Bat Cave go-go girl “Bat-A-Boom.”

Go-Go girls hit the Bat Cave dance floor in this Bev Hogue creation called "Bat-A-Boom
Go-Go girls hit the Bat Cave dance floor in this Bev Hogue creation called “Bat-A-Boom




Live at the Hive: L.A. animators art opening

In Your Dreams painting for Hive Gallery Oct. 3, 2015 opening in L.A.
Bev Hogue’s In Your Dreams painting for Hive Gallery Oct. 3, 2015 opening in L.A.

It’s another trip to L.A. but this time with a twist. For the opening at Hive Gallery’s “Secret Art of Animators 2” show on Saturday, Oct. 3, I decided to send a representative in my place — an 11 in. x 14 in. acrylic on canvas painting titled In Your Dreams.

The show highlights the artwork of the movers and shakers of the animation industry. Among the featured guests: Simpsons art director Andrew Brandou, Model maker Tory Bellici (The Matrix) and Mythbusters host and M5 model maker Kari Byron, among many others.

I was asked to submit a piece for the accompanying show that plays on ’90s animation favourites. Ren and Stimpy were too hard to resist. They pose (as still as they can possibly be) American Gothic style, bookending a portrait of one of my blue women. She has the expression of one of my favourites, Deer Prudence.

I like the piece and I hope it goes to a good home.

Hive Gallery, Bev Hogue
Secret Art of Animators 2 show at Hive Gallery in L.A.



15 minutes in blue fame

Natalie Martinez
Actress Natalie Martinez on the set of TV pilot Warrior, with Bev Hogue painting Suffragette in background of this shot.

Some Hollywood set designers took an interest in a few Bev Hogue blue paintings for an upcoming pilot earlier this year.

After some back and forth on the cast of paintings, Suffragette, Boot Camp, Undercover Girl and Passion Flower were chosen to be positioned in the bedroom of actress Natalie Martinez for a TV series called Warrior.

We heard that director Phillip Noyce loved the paintings. I recall how the Australian director  brought us to the edge of our seats in the film Dead Calm, the open-ocean thriller that brought Nicole Kidman international attention.

Alas, the series is not to be, but these Bev Hogue paintings got to strut under the lights for a few weeks of  shooting in the spring.

It’s not true that these girls are feeling blue. They feel pretty good to have been chosen to appear alongside kick-ass martial arts crime fighter Kai Forrester (Martinez).

TV set, Bev Hogue paintings, Warrior
Bev Hogue paintings Passion Flower and Suffragette on the set of TV series pilot Warrior

The blue room

The Crow's Nest theme AirBnB room at Beluxe HQ.
The Crow’s Nest theme AirBnB room at Beluxe HQ.

A few interesting visitors stopped in at our AirBnB room here at Beluxe HQ. Ian, an actor from NYC was on a Brooklyn-to-Muskoka drive and checked in with his friend Kim. In the morning over coffee, he was asking about my “Blue or Nothing” paintings and remarked that we had a close connection with the colour. Turns out he is the voice of Labatt Blue beer in their American radio spots.  Then he goes into full voiceover mode and launches into the bit. Hilarious.

Ian (with his friend Kim) is the voice of "blue" in the U.S.
Ian (with his friend Kim) in the Beluxe gallery with Bev. The NYC actor is the voice of Labatt “Blue” in the U.S.

From the first few reviews, the “Crow’s Nest” theme room seems to be well received.

See the room.


Boot Camp marches to a dance beat

Got an interesting call the other day from Clive and Melleny who  saw Bev’s work on Salt Spring Island and wanted to drop by the gallery for a closer look.

Is there an airport nearby? Um, I think so, Bev offered.  After a quick bit of deep research, we discovered two airports in Niagara would do the trick if a small plane were looking for a place to land.  I could provide the to-and-fro limo service if needed. As it turned out, it was a road trip that brought them to Fonthill.

What a fascinating  couple. Clive co-founded animation powerhouse Nelvana and Melleny is the darling of the dance music scene.  We talked the afternoon away about art, music, film and the lost art of making tea (Hint: hot the pot) and heard stories about Clive’s British school chum Pete Townshend and Melleny’s EDM collaborations with deadmau5.

After short-listing several paintings and settling on “Boot Camp”, we finished our tea, and guided our guests down scenic Canboro Road,  lined by big trees and dotted with fruit stands.

It’s always nice to meet new people, and to see them relax and take in the surroundings. Niagara in the spring is Steinbeck, with long rows of neatly planted fruit and vegetables, Salinas-like in the afternoon sun.

It’s as easy a place as any to sit on the porch and share stories.


boot camp
Boot Camp






Time for a Bev Hogue watch

Modify Watches, Belxue, Bev Hogue
Bev Hogue has teamed up with Modify Watches for a series Beluxe watches

I’ve always considered wrist watches an interesting fashion accessory. And as an added bonus — they keep time!!

So, it is an exciting moment for me to see the near arrival of Beluxe/Bev Hogue watches from California’s Modify Watches.

Four of my favourite images — The Great Escape, Agent 99, Cat Burglar and Boot Camp — are now on watch faces and can be ordered shortly. Before the official release, Modify has organized a custom watch giveaway. Win one of two custom Bev Hogue/Beluxe watch designs. Enter daily and share for more chances to win.

Vote here for your favourite Bev Hogue watch design.