September 15, 2019
My latest painting Tyr and Garm: Battle at the Gates of Hel is dedicated to my dear friend Jason. In his day job as a criminal defense attorney, Jason regularly does battle with the monsters of duplicity, inequity, and vagaries in criminal law. When not engaged in his legal practice, Jason enjoys pursuing other avocations, including a more than passing interest in the hero stories from Nordic mythology. He has a particular affinity for Tyr, alternately referred to as the sky god, the god of war, and the god of weapons.
Tyr also earned a well-deserved reputation as the one-handed warrior god. His fellow warrior gods ridiculed him for his folly after Loki's monstrous wolf Fenrir bit off his right hand the moment the unruly beast realized Tyr had tricked him into allowing himself to be bound by a magical chain. The laughter died away when Tyr demonstrated he could fight equally well with only his left hand gripping a weapon.
In approaching a depiction of Tyr in his element I chose one from among the many stories of Ragnarok, the preordained apocalyptic war that brought the glorious and fearsome age of the Aesir elder gods to a close. In this scene Tyr joins in battle with Garm, the watchdog who stood guard at the gates to the demesne of his mistress, Hel, the dark bitch goddess who held dominion in the land of the dead. Tyr defeated Garm, and slew the creature; afterward he would succumb to the wounds it had inflicted on him during their combat. The Aesir gods were divine but not immortal, yet they live forever in the legends of Norse mythology, which continues to spin off new variations to the stories in modern times.
May 11, 2019
© 2018 Photo by Nick Syracuse
Peter Thelen, editor of the online rock music magazine Exposé, has recently reviewed my album, Voodoo Shivaya. You can read it here.
Photo Credit © 2018 Nicholas Syracuse.
A deeply personal musical statement from Bobby BeauSoleil, a 2-disk concept album featuring a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks mapping the meandering path of his journey to spiritual understanding. The vocal tracks performed by BeauSoleil include both covers and original songs, with guest performances by Annabel Lee Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Robert Ferbrache, and Mike Behrenhausen. A lavish triple gatefold cover integrates evocative photographs by Nicholas Syracuse with calligraphy by Timo Ketola. Jacket layout and design by Bobby BeauSoleil and Beth Hall. This album was recorded at Oregon State Penitentiary between 2008 and 2015. Voodoo Shivaya LP - :AJNA:, Amazon, and CD Baby. Voodoo Shivaya CD - :AJNA:, Amazon, and CD Baby. Free Digital Download Card included with the LP version. Also on Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and other streaming sites.
April 15, 2018
March 20, 2018
It is with great pleasure that I announce the debut of a new short film by Shazzula Vultura Ridens. The film is entitled Nature Boy, the same title as my interpretation of a song penned by Eden Ahbez that is on my forthcoming double album, Voodoo Shivaya, is the film’s soundtrack. This collaboration is unveiled today in observance of the Vernal Equinox, and as a harbinger of things soon to come. Watch the film here. And enjoy this preview of music from the new album.
March 6, 2018
About a year ago my dear friend Dima, a respected artist of the Doping-Pong artist collective who lives in St Petersburg, Russia, sent me a photograph of his beloved city's Summer Garden in winter. I was not sure what I was looking at and asked Dima if it were a picture of a Gulag for trees. I was half-joking, and he thought my remark was pretty funny. Now I am sharing a photo of the Summer Garden from the same perspective taken this past summer. A study in contrasts!
February 13, 2018
Over recent months I have been participating in interviews with Niklas Göransson for Bardo Methodology, a printed magazine published on a, um, somewhat improvisational timetable in Sweden. If you are at all interested in knowing what makes me tick at the deepest levels of my being, particularly in relation to what inspires me in my creative work, this series of interviews may be of interest to you.
Bardo Methodology is an English-language magazine featuring interviews with artists, musicians, philosophers, mystics, scholars, scientific researchers, and weirdos like me who are given to mixing disciplines. The magazine explores a broad range of unusual topics, with emphasis on the strange and esoteric. It is aimed at seekers of a deepening understanding of reality, and examines techniques that may be an aid to them in their search. The visual design of the magazine is facilitated by artist Timo Ketola, and leans to the shadow side of the visual art spectrum.
A somewhat abridged version of my first interview with Niklas as can be read HERE. The full version is published in Bardo Methodology #2, and the second interview in the series will appear in issue #3. The physical magazine is distributed in North America by The Ajna Offensive. Elsewhere the magazine can be ordered from BardoMethodology.com, where you can also read highlights of past articles and see images of some fascinating art.
-Bobby (yes it's really me) BeauSoleil
December 19, 2017
Now on Netflix, Gaga: Five Foot Two is a new documentary film about Lady Gaga by filmmaker Chris Moukarbel. Especially noteworthy as a Newsroom blurb because a few sections from my original soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's underground film Lucifer Rising have been used in the production to support several significant scenes.
Moukarbel's production company sought and was granted a license to use the music in the film, so this is all legit, in case you wonder. This was also the case when Gaspar Noe used a portion of the Lucifer Rising soundtrack to support an erotic love scene in his film Love a couple of years ago. A few years earlier Moukarbel's company licensed a bit of the soundtrack for his film Me at the Zoo — appropriately enough, to go under a sweeping aerial shot over Los Angeles. At this rate my underground film soundtrack may become the most movied score in history!
If you would like to check out Gaga: Five Foot Two you can find it listed among the new movie releases on Netflix. If, like me, you don't get Netflix you can view the trailer here:
If the Lucifer Rising soundtrack album slipped under your radar and you would like to give it a listen visit the music page on my website. There are still some copies of the recent vinyl reissue and The Lucifer Rising Suite boxed set on CD available. Either would fit nicely beneath your Yuletide tree.
December 13, 2017
DJ Mag Russia features a two page spread on the Lucifer Rising LP with a nod to Doping-Pong's cover art.
May 5, 2017
A bit of play on the concept of bardo, described in The Tibetan Book of the Dead as a "place" or conditional phase that the transmigratory soul passes into at the end of an incarnate life. Some souls are said to become disoriented upon death of the body and may become stalled in the bardo for a while; others want to get the hell out of there as fast as they can!
— Bobby BeauSoleil
The original of this painting is 14 x 17 inches, mixed media on bristol board. Professional prints are available in a variety of sizes, framed or unframed, from The Bobby BeauSoleil Gallery.
April 8, 2017
What you may already know is that superior quality reproductions of all paintings and drawings by Bobby BeauSoleil currently in publication are available via Fine Art America fulfillment. This US based company produces and distributes archival quality framed prints, as well as unframed prints and greeting cards, and ships them worldwide.
What you may not already know is that Fine Art America has been expanding globally, and now has 15 production and fulfillment centers in 5 countries! What does this mean? It means that all orders for framed and unframed prints and cards will ship to any address in the US, Europe, UK, Canada and Mexico within 2-5 business days! It also means low local shipping rates and no import taxes!
Visit the Gallery to browse the available art and use the viewing tools to zoom in and see details in the individual paintings, and to see what prints will look like in a wide variety of framing options.
The BeauSoleil Gallery
March 10, 2017
Peter Thelen, editor of the online rock music magazine Exposé, has recently reviewed my album, Dancing Hearts Afire, reissued on CD last year. You can read it here:
Feels good to see this deeply personal recording get some attention from the music press.