A Visit To Musician and Artist Brandon Boyd's Studio in Venice Beach

When you visit Brandon Boyd’s home in Venice Beach, his French bulldog Bruce may lead you to his back studio like a furry, grunting, waddling valet.  Boyd’s studio is neat and organized – a creative perch where the artist and musician has been using watercolor and ink as a medium to create beautifully sensual, at times erotic, works that are inspired by photographs he takes of his subjects, mostly beautiful women. About his subjects, he remarks: “I have very cooperative friends.” One recent work is a painting inspired by a naughty selfie his partner sent him while he was on tour. Most people know Boyd as the lead singer of the band Incubus, but many people don’t know that he is also a fine artist who has published many books of his works and has shown his work in shows internationally. In our chat, he mentions that part of the joy of making art is that the work can be the center of attention. Like a lot of brilliant musicians, Boyd is shy in personal social interactions. However, on this particularly hot and muggy day in Los Angeles, with his dog splayed out on the floor, Boyd seems comfortable and opened up to us about his art and his practice. He also mentioned some of his earliest inspirations – his mother being one of them, as well as psychedelic poster artist Stanley Mouse, Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley, and Egon Schiele, an artist with whom he is obsessed. Coming up in December, you can see Boyd’s work in person at the Scope Art Fair in Miami. You can also visit his online shop to purchase limited edition prints and books. Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper and photographs by Sara Clarken. Follow Autre on Instagram: @AUTREMAGAZINE