Stephen William Beaubouef
"Who Is Master"
Model: Mark Peedy
"The Dance of Lights"
"Before the Feast" "Masthead"
"I Don't Do Mornings"
Model: Christopher Walton
This is one of the best pieces
I've seen in a long time - Ed.
Name: Stephen William Beaubouef
Education: Bolton Sr. High
Louisiana State at Alexandria
Rapides Vo. Tech
At Bolton, took 4 years of art under a teacher
who believed that the human figure should always be covered. she
was not exactly a fan of Michelangelo's subject matter, though
his painting seemed to impress her more than his sculpture. I
spent all four years arguing that if I wanted clothes on my subjects
I would have put them there. Basically, I spent TOO much time
working on the correct anatomy as well as light and shadow play
to cover it up. She wanted me drawing bowls of fruit and flowers.
My fruit had very shiny surfaces which reflected horrific images,
and the flowers which I drew were always of the most poisonous
variety, often with droplets of blood on anything with thorns.
The most fun, however was biology class. There I would draw dissections
of the human anatomy with Looks of terror and pain on the faces
of the cadavers". All of this was an attempt of enjoying
myself in an otherwise extremely oppressive atmosphere.
Louisiana college was a Baptist college of the
strictest sense. No dancing, and no young men and young women
were to be seen on campus holding hands. I piped up and said that
this was the explanation for the rather low heterosexual population
of the campus. They did not appreciate that too much. It was at
this school that my fascination with the macabre and gothic really
grew. The art teacher spent roughly half the year making the class
do nothing but gesture drawings. Gesture drawings are nothing
more than glorified scribbles that most artists use as a snapshot
to sit down with and work on finished pieces. It got to the point
that I would walk into the class and ask 'gesture drawing again?",
and when the teacher said! "Yes", I would leave. Eventually,
I found it more fun to sit in class doing my "evil"
work. More than one of the students thought that I needed an exorcism.
Fortunately, for sanity's sake, I only spent one year at LC.
L.S.U.A., was a matter of attempting to hone
my skills as an illustrator. The professor there was one of those
types who set his class in a room and said "create'. No perimeters,
no instruction no nothing. So long as he pieces had contrast,
balance, and composition that was all he was worried about. Unfortunately,
he did not like my subject matter, either. He told me that artists
like Frazetta, Vallejo, and Rowena were all childish. I told him
to look up how much those artists were worth and to lead me to
Neither the L.C. nor the L.S.U.A. professors
were much into my style which one of the more imaginative students
called "Photorealisticneoclassicism. I really liked that
word. My goal was and often still is to create an image so real
as to make the onlooker believe it to move. I wanted realism at
its most convincing. The LC professor told me that any camera
could do that. My response was "show me a camera that can
pick up a pencil or paintbrush"
Favorite books and movies are horror. I really
enjoyed Dracula, but it is much more of a love story than a horror
flick. It is really difficult for any movie or book to scare me
anymore though I am still desperately searching for one which
As a child, (third grade, to be exact when other
kids were going to the school library checking out books on little
lost puppies, or cars, I had my nose buried in a book on the history
of Vampires. I would sit and tell the teacher that not only did
vampires withstand daylight, but some turned into birds, and oriental
ones turned into cats with two tails or no tails and there were
even those who did not feed on blood. I was fascinated, and the
teacher thought I needed therapy.
At the moment, I work mostly at night. I have
two cats, Nickodaemous, and Yowler. Yowler is a feral cat who
is trying to become domestic, and Nikki is domestic trying to
convince everyone that she's feral.
When I tell people that my work is "Gothic",
they ask me what that is, and my explanation is: "Gothic
is the ruins of an old, abandoned church. Moonlight streams through
the defiant remnants of its stained glass to paint wild nightshade
in hues of silver and blood.'
All artwork copyright Stephen William
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This page was updated on Monday 4 April 1998