ARTIST: AIYLA BEAU // MAY VOL 2
Aiyla Beau is a portrait artist specializing in emotionally stimulating fetish art. Living in Bristol, and working with coloured pencils and gold leaf, she creates highly evocative and thought provoking pieces, exploring the some of the darker nuances of the human psyche.
After completing her Bachelor of Honours degree from University of the West of England, Aiyla initially followed an adult modelling career, the experience of which now plays a huge part in her artistic process. Using her knowledge of the modelling industry, she styles, lights, and directs a photoshoot to achieve the desired image, from which the final artwork is created.
These colourful realistic portraits are laced with surrealistic tendencies and macabre undertones, which explore the themes of freedom and control within female sexuality. Subverting narratives, and drawing on her own fetishes, she celebrates the freedom attained only when control is relinquished, and the empowerment achieved through submission, with a use of colour that beckons the viewer to look deeper.
Her most recent works “The Three Graces” leave it to the viewer to decide which image holds which title of “Joy”, “Charm”, and “Beauty”. She says: “I want people to decide for themselves which is which, as one person’s idea of what joy or charm looks like, may not be the same as another’s”.
aiylabeauart.com (coming soon)