As with every artist of interest, Boyarde’s ingenuity lies in her ability to absorb different influences from creators who have worked before her, to transform them and use them in her own innovative ways. One can trace the roots of expressionism in her later works, and the abundance in many of her compositions is a reflection of her favourite Dutch still-life painters. And yet, the most formative and pronounced influence on Boyarde is without any doubt that of Pop Art!
Pop art is a movement that emerged first in America and then in Britain in the 1950s and was a reaction against the then normative abstract expressionism. The artists who contributed to Pop Art drew their inspiration from commercial culture, such as advertising, Hollywood and comic books. They used bold colours and instantly recognisable figures, and created their works quickly, relying on techniques such as screen-printing and collage. Two of the most famous members of this movement were the artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Although one can see all the characteristic features of Pop Art in Boyarde’s work, such as rich colours and the usage of iconic figures, her art is distinct from that of the other pop artists in one very important way. Her technique takes time! Boyarde is famous for using unconventional canvases, most notably luxury leather accessories. She has painted on many valuable pieces, such as Chanel WOCs, Goyard totes and, of course, the ultimate status symbols: the Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags.
Because of the high value of her canvases Boyarde has embraced the highest standards in her work. She and her team of artisans can’t rush their painting. As in Haute Couture, some of her creations take more than 100 hours to complete. The artist has developed an elaborate technique that ensures the longevity of her paintings, evident in the meticulous beauty of her art.
And what classical beauty this is! If Pop Art is about using iconic images, then Boyarde certainly knows how to do it! Her repertoire covers classical divas like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as more modern figures such as Eva Longoria and HM Queen Elizabeth II. The femininity, sensuality and glamour in her work are instantly recognisable. But of course… this visual Pop Art feast is always enriched by adding just the right amount of British wit, which is another characteristic feature of the Boyarde world!