- London artist found fame when she painted famous works on Charlotte Olympia shoes for exhibition commission
- Pop Art Bottoms prints are available to buy from Affordable Art Fair with Cynthia Corbett Gallery for under £3,050
- Boyarde Messenger, 32, accepts private bottom portrait commissions to ‘bring out inner goddess’ from £6,000
By Deni Kirkova
A quirky London painter has found a brand new way to make the female form into a work of art.
Boyarde Messeger, 32, paints various famous pop artworks including pre-Raphaelites, Lichtensteins, pieces from the golden age of comics and icons of photography and cinema onto perky behinds for her new series of works.
‘The work features familiar imagery that addresses female gender stereotype, from Hollywood Glamour to golden age 1950s comic strips to Pulp Fiction Thriller Romance novels from the same era,’ she says.
Describing her process, Boyarde tells the MailOnline: ‘I paint onto their flesh then paint a backdrop to match.’
Baang Baang Baang: Messenger paints art onto real bodies – only using Photoshop to flip the colourways
‘I then photograph them in front of the backdrop. The only Photoshop I use is for contrast or colour flipping the original colour Warhol style. Retouching is kept to a bare minimum – perhaps the odd brush mistake or crack in the paint.’
‘The final product for sale is the limited edition photograph. People love them as they can’t tell If they are photographs or paintings. Then they find out it’s a real woman and I have actually painted on her flesh.’
‘Clients like to pick and mix and buy a range of different colours. My clients are equal ratio men and woman as bottoms are sensual not sexual – and are on the safe side of naughty.’
Her Pop Art Bottoms pieces boast collectors from Australia, the Royal palaces of Jordan, Paris, New York, Belize – and of course Messenger’s home town of London.
She combines hand painting and photography to produce playful, mischievous works that result in a brand new take on making the beautiful female form into a work of art.
Messenger brings a whole new meaning to a ‘booty pop’ as she paints comic-inspired art onto nude bottoms
Behind the Kiss
The Pleasure of Gazing at Marilyn
‘For me it’s all about embracing the inner goddess inside and having fun whilst doing it,’ she says.
‘I embrace every bottom no matter what size as there is the right pose for each body shape to bring out the best in your derrière!’
When focusing on her painterly work, Messenger describes herself as ‘painting on everything but paper’.
And it’s not just bottoms, either.
‘I have just finished painted a bespoke Pop Art Hermes Birkin for a private client,’ she tells us.
Her new project explores her fascination with the female form and the nature of its power, engendered in Scopophilia, the pleasure of looking.
Messenger tells the MailOnline exclusively that she is now accepting private commissions for her Pop Art Bottom series where she paints your bottom for a one off piece ‘to bring out the inner goddess in us all!’
‘I have done five private derrière portraits for very happy female clients. Women love it because they can choose whether to reveal their identity or not’
‘I have done five so far for very happy female clients. A portrait of their derrière! Women love it because they can choose whether to reveal their identity or not,’ she says. Willing models can apply through her manager at EZ PopArt.
In terms of cost for a personal bottom portrait, Messenger says it would be between £6,000 and £17,000, dependent on agency fees, location, brief and exclusivity of the final image. Painting times can also take from three to eight hours, plus the backdrop.
‘So far my clients ages have ranged from 26-55, and each image has been as gorgeous as the last as there is a pose for everyone no matter what shape or size, be it tilt, hoola hoop swivel, arch or lift,’ she says.
Messenger has exhibited internationally with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, with her first solo show in 2009 in Cork Street, London, and has taken part in three Women In Art shows at the Mexican Embassy in Belize City, Central America.
She exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London, with The Art of Giving: there she created a spectacular live installation of the female nude, exhibiting four hand painted women in her unique pop art style, creating a fusion of art and fashion.
Butt Butt Butt: Messenger accepts private commissions where she paints your bottom for a one off piece
Various artworks from Boyarde’s impressive collection of shapely bottoms painted with Warhol and comic book style images
The bottoms continue to exhibit in New York, The Hamptons International Fine Art Fair, Art Wynwood and Palm Beach, Miami.
The origins of her ability to paint on ‘everything but paper’ started when Boyarde teamed up with Charlotte Olympia for Vogue Fashion Night Out, to hand paint Charlotte’s signature Dolly shoes in the style of Great Masters, from Picasso to Mondrian, as seen in US Vogue.
The project was extended and she was commissioned to hand paint a further 100 shoes.
Messenger studied Art at Bedales and Wimbledon School of Art finally graduating with BA (Hons) in photography from The Bournemouth Arts Institute.
Londoner ‘through and through’, Messenger says she is currently ‘in love with Belize in the Caribbean, as my husband is from there.’
She currently lives in London where she creates her pop art bottoms.
She is exhibiting her new work at Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead 13-16 June with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery – all under £3,050.
Her work is always for sale via her gallery.
Happiest when she’s painting bottoms: Her new project explores her fascination with the female form and the nature of its power
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