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.
From the first few reviews, the “Crow’s Nest” theme room seems to be well received.
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.
When I tired of certain shoes, I recall just getting out a can of paint from my Dad’s garage and painting them. One pair of yellow platforms I even covered with Dole Banana stickers.
It all came full circle recently when a collector asked me to custom paint her leather boots.
My experience designing shoes took a big leap forward when I was asked to contribute to the Soles4Souls event in L.A.
Onto a simple set of platform heels I created my vision of how Beluxe art would translate as an art and fashion piece. Lab Art exhibited my creation, which was featured in Juxtapoz magazine.
My custom heels and the work of other L.A. artists were auctioned off for the international charity.
The next commercial step in Beluxe shoes was a successful licensing deal with L.A.’s Iron Fist , which distributed my Candy Fawn shoes worldwide as part of a larger line of Bev Hogue tees, jackets and tops.
Tura Satana: an actor, force of nature, and now object of art.
When the buxom Hollywood B-movie star died, her many fans mourned but the world awoke to her power and beauty.
Many tributes, including one in L.A. in late 2014, helped tell Tura’s story. At a time in cinema when women were getting slapped around on screen by leading men, her chilling portrayal in the Russ Meyer flic Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! turned the tables and launched the era of powerful ass kickin women. Quentin Tarantino would go on to base his Kill Bill character on Tura.
I was honoured to be invited by Tura’s manager Siouxzan Perry to produce a tribute piece for the December 2014 show. The piece, “Faster Pussycat” was in good company at the show, surrounded by G0-Go dancers and Tura’s on-screen co-stars. At Lethal Amounts gallery I got a chance to connect with fellow artist Johnny Coffin and his partner, musician Linda Kay Parker, and the amazing Siouxzan Perry. Great people, great show!
Bev grew up sketching a full cast of characters in her hometown of Fenwick.
The 1960s TV series Green Acres could have easily been filmed here with corn fields to run through and a 1920s-era gas station at the centre of town. The farming village was a station stop on the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway, so it was both connected and disconnected from modern events.
The unhurried pace of the place gave her, and everyone here, freedom to look at the world with an independent eye. Her early observations, captured as sketches and drawings, endure today in the dark humour of the artist’s distinct blue paintings.
After a stint in magazine illustration, Bev caught the attention of the public in 2000 with a series of portraits of fading film stars and other imaginary figures that she called Blue in the Face. Though they shared a monotone acrylic style, each 12 in. x 12 in. canvas had its own story with names like “Mary Tyler Mood”, “East of Ethyl” and “Service with a Smirk.”
The series was a hit with early collectors and set in motion the creation of her trademark Beluxe, new adaptations of lifestyle products based on her images, and the expanding Blue or Nothing collection of original paintings of women and wildlife.
When it came time for Bev to find a location for her permanent studio, it was a no surprise that she chose a gallery space in Fonthill, one winding road away from her beloved Fenwick.