Boyarde’s Speech Bubbles

The work of the British artist Boyarde Messenger is characterised with its ability to arrest the attention of the viewer. This happens quickly and without fail, and is due to her talented handling of bold colour and strong black lines. Her painting is often in brave contrast with its canvas which usually is a luxury leather handbag, such as Dior, Chanel, even Hermès Birkin or Kelly. The striking beauty and fabulousness of Boyarde’s artwork is immediately apparent, and yet, there are additional layers of meanings to be discovered in her work. 

One of these extra dimensions can be found in her speech bubbles. The heroes in Boyarde’s compositions, be they iconic actors from the golden age of Hollywood, comic book characters, cute dogs, or even portraits of the artist’s clients, often have a number of speech bubbles around them. There the pop artist would write her witty and original quotes and messages, that way giving the artwork an engaging narrative. 

Often, the text in the speech bubbles would be inspired by the client and enriched with some imaginative Boyarde touch. Influenced by the silver screen, she loves using favourite quotes from musicals and films, like ‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return’ from Nature Boy; and ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’ from Gone With the Wind.

Being a contemporary pop artist, Boyarde loves putting together the holy and the profane in her work, that way subverting the viewers’ expectations. She loves the dichotomy between what people say and what they really think, and reflects this in the text of her speech bubbles through the prism of her classical British wit. With this creative approach Boyarde makes her works not only instantly noticeable, but also memorable. 

Have a look at the Boyarde Art House Fashion Page to find out more examples of her speech bubbles and other work:

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