6.08.2011

My Art Shop & Boob Paintings


I've been thinking about how to write this post for a long time. Years in fact. I've wanted to be an artist since I was a child. I grew up taking classes at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and took every art class I could find each summer and at every school I attended. But when I had to make a decision about going to college, I was too afraid to go the art route. I realized how hard it would be to become a financially stable artist, so I ended up getting a bachelor's degree in journalism because working at a magazine was also a dream of mine that seemed more stable. I was planning on moving to New York naively thinking I'd get a job at Marie Claire or Elle ... that was my goal anyway. Of course, things didn't exactly happen like that.

I went to Lido Beach 2-3 times a week.

One week after I graduated college, I married my best friend and got a job at a publishing company that just happened to be located on the beautiful beaches of Florida's gulf coast. I thought that would be a good place to start and I love the beach. I spent countless hours on the beach alone, thinking and reading. My creativity was flowing with all of that beach time, when I came up with an idea that I recently decided it was time to execute in a major way. This idea requires an explanation, hence the buildup.

11 (untitled boob painting)

I love the idea of the body as a brush, and have always had an appreciation for nude art. Breasts are one of the outward symbols of femininity, and they are one of the main things that physically make us female. To me, they are beautiful. And when I think about women who get cancer from the very part of their body that makes them a woman, it just blows my mind. It's hard to find someone who doesn't know someone who's had breast cancer; I have friends, family members, and colleagues, that have all suffered from breast cancer. They have all been a huge source of inspiration for this series. So combining my curiosity for the body as a brush, my appreciation of breasts, and the sensitive subject of breast cancer, my idea for boob paintings was born.

22 (untitled boob painting)

You read that correctly, boob paintings. I actually paint my boobs, and use them as my "brush" (it's more like a stamp). Currently, all of the boob paintings are on 8x10 pre-stretched canvas panels that can be easily put into a frame. The works are all untitled until purchased, and the purchaser gets to name the painting after the person that currently has or has had breast cancer that inspired them to purchase the painting. If the purchaser would like to share the story behind the name of the painting, I will feature the painting and the story on the Boob Art for Breast Cancer blog. 5% of the net profit from the boob painting series will be donated to breast cancer.

I will be doing commissioned boob paintings, so if you have a certain color palette and style you are wanting, please e-mail me at megbiram@gmail.com. Serious inquiries only please.

black & white 2

 I don't just do boob paintings, I also do abstract paintings which are also on the shop, however, I just felt the boob paintings needed an explanation. And yes, I think calling them "boob paintings" is funny and a little blunt. That's what they are, and I think it's OK to have humor in your life. 

white strokes 1

There's always a little fear when you put your work out there for the public, especially my boob painting series, but it's been a long time coming and I'm glad I am finally exploring my creative passion. See my art shop here.

works on paper
 Images by Megan Biram

13 comments:

Jenn said...

I saw your link to this on twitter, and looked at it on my phone, but I really wanted to see it big on my screen. I think this is awesome. I completely admire your bravery in doing what is true to you, and putting yourself out their with your art. I wanted to be an artist too when I was a kid, and I did manage to get a minor in art in college, but I still don't consider myself an artist.... I hope to do more art in the future though. Congrats on your new art shop!!

Katie @ Lola Inspired said...

Wow, Megan! These are amazing! And I LOVE the idea of "boob" paintings! I'm going to have to pick out a few of my favorites! LOVE THEM!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

This is so inspired- you should be so so proud of yourself...all of your work is gorgeous! I particularly love the magazine paintings:) xo

Julip Made said...

I loved hearing about how you came to this point and admire that you are finally working towards something you've always wanted. I also really love this concept and although out of the ordinary, the final product is fantastic with great color. Also loving that is supports breast cancer awareness (I'm still feeling pumped for the cause after running the Race for the Cure this past weekend). So in really long round about way...congrats!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Wow! The paintings are fantastic! I love that you call them boob paintings.

jessie said...

brilliant! and beautiful!

i think you're amazing. :)

Anonymous said...

Your prices are way too high.

Luella and June said...

Amazing! These are really fabulous!

Kate said...

OMG, MEG!!! These are SO SO SO beautiful!!! As soon as my house is done I'm all over it! LOVE!!! xoxo

Emily said...

Megan,
I know how scary it can be to put your work out there for the first time. I think your paintings are lovely, and completely unique. I say keep at it no matter what.

Marcy said...

I've featured your blog at stylesson.com. I think it is wonderful that you are honoring being artistic, but also doing something to honor the women that have dealt with breast cancer.

Anonymous said...

wow, so you paint with your boobs? neat!!

erika @ small shop said...

I don't know how I missed this post. Very inspiring, I love that you've chosen this bold direction for your series. They are beautiful, especially knowing the background.

I haven't seen your shop either...can't wait to check it out!!

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