Dollface 2.0

Glad to have some dust clear prior to Fat Tuesday to get some work done on some new Dollface paintings. I will be exhibiting my Dollface work exclusively at Kawaii NOLA here in New Orleans as long as Kanako will have me. Let me know what you think about these and if you would like to see more? Like to see the most up to date social networking feed of mine featuring this kind of work? Be sure to follow my @dollfacegallery feed on instagram and while you’re at it follow @kawaiinola to find out more about the cutest place in New Orleans. Thanks! Happy mardi Gras!

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Breaking News! Mostly about my Dollfaces

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Article by Missy Wilkinson

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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!

 

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_2aa3d2f0-e352-11e6-9c25-f7b80f203e21.html

Let Them Eat King Cake posters now available!

Carnival season is almost here and what better way to ring in Sweet 2016 with a Marie Dollface ” Let Them Eat King Cake” poster! Click my shop link in the menu above or right here

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I have been painting this Marie Antoinette Dollface for a few years now but this is the first year i will be doing posters of her. The original painting was up in Tresor Gallery in the French Quarter a few short hours before it sold. I will be doing more original paintings but won’t be doing any more Marie posters until the 2017 Marie poster. Also will have more posters and prints of my other paintings soon on my webshop so keep checking back. Happy Mardi Gras!

What’s a “Dollface” painting?

I have been painting “Big Eyed” gals for a long time thru college and into my professional career. They have changed quite a bit, going from mainly Comic/ Cartoon/Anime inspired subjects to the more doll looking subjects I do now. Eye’s in general has been a focus, pun intended, with my artwork as I guess it is pretty clear to see, double pun intended.

This is a Big Eyed Punk Gal drawing from 2007 for example

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This is a Yolandi Dollface painting I did a few months ago

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This is what my big eyed “Dollfaces” look like now. I think the update happened a year and a half or so ago when I started to do more warm up paintings before I begin on the more realistic work I do every day. Generally I have been doing these on canvas panels because otherwise I would be overrun with dollface paintings in my studio. So instead I have stacks of little dollface paintings.  The look of the subject has changed so much because I have wanted to model the subject more as if a doll was my subject. I have been inspired by artists who customize Blythe, Pullip, and other ball jointed dolls which are more often than not Japanese fashion dolls that artists do some amazing stuff with. In any case that is a bit of a primer on my dollface paintings. If you would be interested in a custom dollface painting. click on my menu on the TOP Right and then click SHOP. I am doing a Black Friday deal for my Dollfaces for a limited time.

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The Chateau Cat Girls visit New Orleans for Halloween

Halloween was indeed fun hearing that the Cat Gals from The Chateau would be dropping by to say hello and see my work at The Tresor Gallery in the French Quarter. Isibella (blonde beauty between me and the portrait of her) is a frequent visitor to New Orleans. This is the first time though we were able to meet and I was able to show her and her sexy kitties my work. If your were interested in finding out more about Isibella and her many adventures check out here youtube channel littleskylark as well as the The Chateau page it’s borderline NSFW I think

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