We welcome back the multi-talented Brandon Boyd as part of this year’s 1xRUN x Juxtapoz Clubhouse 2016 Print Suite! His latest edition Lauren In Transit is one of our new favorites, with a beautiful hybrid screen print with archival pigment print along with 11 unique hand-painted multiples both available right here exclusively on 1xRUN! Boyd’s work as a singer, songwriter, both as a solo artist and with his platinum-selling rock band Incubus, is well documented and universally acclaimed. But now his other life’s work — that of a painter — has been garnering increasing attention and devoted audiences of its own and here at 1xRUN we are proud to help showcase these great new works. Read on for more information on Brandon’s latest editions, his recent anti-Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) wheatpastes with his friend Diana Garcia and much more. . .
1x: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Brandon Boyd: I think that when I painted her here, my friend in this rendering was showing me how many people live inside of us at any given moment. So in this capture, I was lucky enough to see two variations on her expression. One above and one below. We are held to one version of ourselves throughout the day and/or our lives, but the longer I’m here the more I understand that there is a family of potential living inside of me at any given moment. I suppose what an observer sees depends on what angle he or she is peering in from.
1x: Was this piece part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Boyd: This piece was part of a larger series of watercolor studies that I have been doing. All of which are paintings of friends and acquaintances that are giving me a moment of their time to talk, and permission to see them in a unique light.
1x: What materials were used to create the original as well as these prints?
Boyd:The original is merely water color on paper and the hand embellished series are mostly acrylic on paper and ink on paper.
1x: When was this piece drawn and created?
Boyd: I painted the original piece early this year, 2016. The “what the fuck happened last night, and what is that smell?” of years.
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Boyd: I suppose I don’t really know if I even had an idea before I started it. I rarely do. I enjoy being ready to make things at a moment’s notice and when the timing is right, letting the muse dictate the happening.
1x: How long did this piece take to create from start to finish?
Boyd: I think the original painting took about four hours.
1x: What is unique about this image compared with your other work?
Boyd: Gosh, I don’t really know. There were three cats sitting on the kitchen counter watching me like I was painting with cat food the whole time. That was sort of funny and unique. Maybe they were critiquing me. Haha!
1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Boyd: Did I mention that three cats blessed this painting? Ancient Egypt and the history or the Internet couldn’t be that wrong. Cats rule the world of humans so if they sign off on a mere painting, get your hands on that shit.
1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
1x: We’re releasing this edition during this year’s Art Basel Miami, when was the first year you headed out to Miami?
Boyd: Last year, 2015, was my first Art Basel.
1x: What have your experiences been like so far?
Boyd: I’m not much of a party guy, so the circus like atmosphere and the deep corporate presence is a little alarming. But I really love wandering the fairs and taking in the art and all the people. That alone makes it worth it.
1x: What are some of your favorite aspects about heading to Miami each December?
Boyd: I suppose it’s a little precious to say, but honestly, I like to look at art. It’s inspiring to see what everyone is doing in all of the distinct mediums. Then at a certain point, I like to absorb the entire cacophony that is Basel and let it surround me like I’m wearing a hat made out of a bee hive. I get stung a few hundred times, but the taste of honey for the month thereafter is worth all the pricks.
1x: It’s been a bit since our last release with you, how has this year been for you?
Boyd: The past year has been one of the worst and the best of my life. Funny how it works out that way, huh?
1x: What other activation or events will you have while you’re down in Miami?
Boyd: I wanna see Pussy Riot tear some shit up at their event.
Ed. Note: Brandon Boyd is helping raise money for Standing Rock in their attempt to ward off the disastrous Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL.) Find out more and donate right here.
1x: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Boyd: Solo painting show in March of 2017 in Los Angeles! And new Incubus album, our ninth if I’m not mistaken, is coming out in the first part of the year too. Between those two happenings, I think I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Brandon Boyd was interviewed by 1xRUN Editor-In-Chief Pietro Truba. He has previously interviewed Niagara, Leni & John Sinclair, Ricky Powell, Doze Green, Fred Armisen, Janette Beckman and Shepard Fairey among others for 1xRUN. Follow him @pietrotruba