I just wanted to thank everyone that has supported me and my work. I have been working many years to try to become a better artist and I appreciate those of you who have been with me on that journey to whatever capacity. I have been going through a more introspective stage in my life which is very different from where I was even a few short months ago. I have found that the person I am becoming is much happier without art being my primary focus in my life. I will not be posting on social media any more, but I may occasionally still post up on this page what I am working on in the future. You can still contact me via this site or email email@example.com Cheers!
Be kind to yourself, be kind to others and be kind to planet earth!
I just wanted to add a post wishing you all a most joyous and peaceful holiday! Looking forward to 2018 with love and hope. Remember to be kind to yourself, be kind to others and be kind to planet earth!
I am going to start posting my small, inexpensive ($150-$100) paintings for sale on my Art for Sale page, starting with the lead singer of one of my favorite bands The Cure’s Robert Smith. Stay tuned for more small paintings from some of my favorite TV shows, Cartoons, Movie characters, etc., well as small Big eyed gal paintings, Dreamy Goddesses, and other stuff I normally paint. If you want commissions of particular subjects by me consult the Commission page! Enjoy!
Since my last post I have been in a process of changing my diet and athletic training to lose weight because I was having more and more issues with back pain trying to paint and I thought dropping some pounds would maybe help. I am currently about 45 pounds lighter since winter 2016 but I am still finding it hard to stand or sit to work on a painting for anything longer than 15 or 20 minutes at a time, which was becoming increasingly frustrating to me. As of a few months ago i began trying to paint lying in bed, and though i found it more comfortable I had a hard time not making a total mess of my bed. Enter my new Sienna Plein Air mobile painting studio (pictured in first pic) which I finally received in the mail a few days ago, and I am back to work again. I have much more control of the angle of the canvas, which is great, and my paint palette and brush tray nice and close to my painting surface. I will be doing less larger work in the future so that is a bit of a change I will have to accept, but I guess I’ll just have to live with that reality for now. I do intend to do more plein air painting as well with this gear but am psyched how much this set up is helping in my studio.
Article by Missy Wilkinson
Kevin Thayer’s artwork takes its cues from Margaret Keane’s “big eyes” paintings, street art and the French Quarter’s unique characters, swirling these images with spray paint and watercolors for a hallucinogenic energy that echoes New Orleans’ own. Shortly after releasing his third annual Mardi Gras poster, the Bywater resident discussed his background, his process and his inspiration.
How do you describe your art?
I call it new pop art. It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll. It’s modern, but it’s not beholden to Wittgenstein or Warhol or whatever. My stuff is street art- and illustration-influenced. People don’t need to know color theory or academic things to appreciate it.
Give us a brief biographical sketch.
I’m from Fox Lake, Wisconsin, originally and moved to upstate New York when I was 10. I was a studio art major at Bard College, moved to Sacramento in 1999 and started doing abstract expressionism, then moved back to upstate New York to be a residential instructor for Bard, and moved to New Orleans to be a storyboard artist in 2005, two months before Hurricane Katrina.
Where might people have seen your art?
I’ve been doing gig posters for d.b.a. since 2004, and from 2000 to 2005 I did a lot of street art: stencils and slaps, which are stickers. I was at galleries on Royal Street, but I left because I’m doing commissions. Right now, I’m part of a three-person show that’s up through February at Artisan Bar & Cafe (2514 St. Claude Ave.).
How does New Orleans inform your work?
In the French Quarter, I think of lights, the energy that can’t be defined. This is kind of what New Orleans means to me. I see these random interesting characters — your Amzie Adams, guys on the street or in brass bands — and I use the tools of color and markings to express their energy.
What’s the story behind your Mardi Gras posters?
Three years ago, I painted “Let Them Eat King Cake,” one of my big-eye doll faces of Marie Antoinette with a king cake on her wig. I put it up and it sold the same day, so last year, I was like, “I should do a poster.” This year, I’m doing a poster with a dog and a cat in it. I’ll walk around and sell it at Barkus.
What inspires you?
A bunch of things, including Margaret Keane. I’ve been doing “big eye” paintings since 2000, but it’s also very anime-inspired. Blythe dolls from Japan are also great reference materials for my paintings.
What appeals to you about the big-eye dolls?
They’re expressing an emotion that isn’t distinct. The viewer makes up the narrative that’s happening in the painting. They bring their creativity and connect it to what I do.
Talk about your process.
(My pieces are made of) collage medium, spray paint, marker… I’ll spray paint random marks on super-thin pieces of paper and draw on them, then lay them on the canvas as an abstract formation. I like the unstable randomness — it takes things in directions you can’t anticipate. I always use this as an underpainting, and I lay down a translucent subject on top. I want it to feel like there’s all this energy that can’t be contained in these subjects — it’s radiating out.
Where can people go to find out more about your work?
My Instagram (instagram.com/thayerfineart/) or Facebook page (facebook.com/kthayerart).
What does the future hold for you?
Doing more commissioned pieces. I would like to eventually have my own studio gallery on Royal Street.
That’s the article! somehow they forgot to mention the solo show at Kawaii Nola 4826 Magazine st. which has a bunch of my dollface work, but hey it’s all good!
I have an ongoing solo show up at Kawaii NOLA 4826 Magazine St.
I am also in a group show titled Nola New Pop 2017 at Artisan Bar & Cafe 2514 St. Claude. It will be up until March.
Finally I have my Mardi Gras Marie Antoinette & King Cake Baby “Let Them Eat King Cake” painting at Fifi Mahoney’s 934 Royal St.