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Gang of Witches 2019 art festival

There will be a concert, a performance art festival, a book release, paintings, installations, our video clip and a record release party.

14h to midnight the 15th and 16th of June 2019

Yoyo-Palais de Tokyo

13 avenue du Président Wilson, 16ème Paris……

Metro Iéna line 9…….

Free admission

Artists:

Émilie Jouvet (photography, film)

Rebecca Chaillon (performance)

Scarlett Coten (photography)

Ciou (painting)

Sunny Buick (painting, performance)

Miikka Lommi (video)

Mina Mond (painting)

Vivien Bertin (photography)

Paola Hivelin (sculpture)

Arôm (installation)

Louis(e) de Ville (performance)

Gang of Witches (concert)

Amélie Poulain (dance)

Son Of A Pitch (dj)

Sophie Rokh (reading)

Sabrine Kasbaoui (film)

Funmilola Fagbamila (performance)

Julie Atlas Ruiz (performance)

Contact Press:

Pierre Laporte, Samira Chabri, Tiphaine Dupeyrat 0145231414 info@pierre-laporte.com

In this year’s edition I made some portraits of my friends in Gang of Witches. They are watercolor, inspired by some work I’ve done in the past. Portrait work is hard!!! It’s hard to capture all that you see in the person, also to make it ressemble them.

I’m excited about our show, I’m doing a huge painting and I will have a performance related to my painting. Please come if you are in Paris June 15th and 16th. I will be sending the invitation by email soon, if you want to see the press release and program, please send me an email.

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Portraits of Some Members of Gang of Witches

In this year’s edition I made some portraits of my friends in Gang of Witches. They are watercolor, inspired by some work I’ve done in the past. Portrait work is hard!!! It’s hard to capture all that you see in the person, also to make it ressemble them. There will be 13 in this series.

Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende 2018 and 2019

Mexico City is built in the crater of a dead volcano. It is enormous, sprawling, polluted, magical, violent, and enimagitic. It has a reputation for being dangerous. There is a even a seperated metro car for women only, which means that they must need it.

Mexico to me means the art of Posada, pre-hispanic culture, poverty, hardship, passion, family, conflict. I love the many faces of indigenous people, the DIY attitude and entreprenurial spirit. Popular art is Art Brut, no wonder the surrealists were fascinated by Mexico. It’s museums are some of the best in the world. I love to explore mysterious places to unlock their secrets.

When I lived in California I lived in the mexican neighborhood, the Mission. This may be the roots of why I love this country so much, I’ve been exposed to the people and the culture for quite a long time.

I love Mexico city! It is so colorful and full of tectural contrasts. Everywhere I look there’s inspiration. I go through the city at least twice a year to go visit my mother.

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Hellsinki

My trip to Helsinki was in March, 2017 but I’ve never gotten around to writing about it until now. Blogging has been something I haven’t had much time for anymore. My priorities have changed as well as my readership’s, but I keep this blog as an archive so it is important to me to get this written down. Better late than never, right?


Blackheart Bettie– Bettie came to Paris to perform in a burlesque festival in February 2016. She contacted me because she wanted to collaborate on a tattoo project. She sent me many reference images, and a clear description of what she wanted, plus the freedom to interpret her idea as I saw best. Just how I like to work!

Here’s what I did on her.

We share many of the same passions and are attracted to similar imagery; costumes of the Follies Bergère, boudoir imagery, lithography of the 19th century. During the tattoo process, curious to go deeper, I tried to learn more about her, seeing as how we had similar tastes. I learned that she was a painter too! I asked her to show me her work, I loved it and was also delighted to find out that she is appreciated by the contemporary art world in Finland. She has shown in museums. Her artist name is Petra Innanen.

Later she contacted me and said she wanted me to somehow participate in the, Helsinki Burlesque Festival, that she organizes with her husband Frank. It would be the 10 years anniversary, also the last year. Bettie feels that Burlesque has changed and has lost some of the magic that made her love it in the first place. Bettie explained to me that she and her husband had fell head over heals in love with New Burlesque during a trip to California where they saw The Velvet Hammer. Maybe were present together at the same show? Funny how small the world is.

Backstage- hanging out backstage in theaters is magic; time stands still, the energy is high and you get caught up in the vortex. It’s a world not many outsiders get to see. I was very lucky to be invited backstage as I wasn’t performing. I asked to take photos and it was a good way to start a conversation with some of the artists.

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Écolede Louvre Part 2


From the Devon wing of the Louvre with all the Italian painters, an extrait of Orazio Samacchini’s painting, « Mercury Orders Énéide to Abandon Didon ». This is Didon and her little doggie, it’s part of a larger scene with a lot more people. I’ll have to try to sketch the others in the painting one day. I’m so excited about the next paintings that I’m going to copy. I’m doing this in hope to improve my eye and my drawing skills. I think I have tons of room for improvement. I would love to take lessons, but until I can, I will try to educate myself by study and practice.


Sculpture « Mercury kidnapping Psyché » by Adriaen de Vries, also in the Denon wing. This one didn’t turn out that great. I think it’s because 1. the scupture is dark and 2. the pose is complicated. My drawing is very stiff. Or maybe the sculpture is stiff ! On the bright side I met a bunch of really nice people, everyone was talking with me, which is fun! They were very encouraging, which every artist needs! I must work on dynamics more. Or what is another term for movement and weight?


Head Games, from sculpture in the Richelieu wing. Well, yesterday’s lesson at the Louvre didn’t go so well. Sometimes I feel that I am making progress and other times I seem to regress. Confidence and head space has a lot to do with my performance and in all parts of life. I’m really interested in the mental discipline of athletes, the power the mind has in phyiscal performance.


Todays’s lesson at the Louvre. Jean Simeon, “Le jeune dessinateur”. At first I was attracted to this image because thought it was a girl, a girl artist ! But my drawing didsn’t capture the androgynous quality. I was too much in a hurry, and I don’t know why. What did I learn from this lesson? That my impatience needs working on to get over! I didn’t spend enough time on checking my proportions. I was depending too much on how I already know how to draw faces. So I did tons of shading and decoration to hide my errors! So much revealed about my inner workings!


Help! I woul love to have some critique on this one. Les trois grâces, the three muse, sculpture, done at the Sully wing of the Louvre. I think that I find it easier to draw from paintings as they are already flattened out. It’s easier for my eyes to translate to my brain to my hand. Speaking of flat, I read recently that monocromatic artists were trying to push the flatness of painting to it’s limit. BS or interesting theory?

Sacred Tattoo/Magic Tattoo

How long ago did the modern world start to lose all of its rituals? Is it modernity itself that dictates that we have no more need for these ceremonies of purification and anointment? I wonder if it could be traced back to the creation of secularism, the separation of church and state. Belief in one life, when you’re dead you’re done. Or is it more recent with a general disappointment in religion and a desire to be free of the constricting, oppressive social pressure and power of the church? Say we are free from religious guilt, the motor making us behave, to follow the rules of society for fear of descending into chaos; but we still feel a need for penance, atonement, repentance, confession. For our own psychological relief, a re-boot, ability to start afresh. Jung spoke of the necessity of the archetypes of religion as a way for us to understand reality.

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Trash Talks

These are the three characters in my performance art/lecture in Spain at The Wild Weekend in Majorca, Spain.

Dr. Swartzvisie, an art critic and criminologist, Shady Cadillac, beatnik artist, and Étoile du Jour, guru and pyschic warrior. The three characters will explain the history of Lowbrow art

Press release:

For those who were at the first Las Vegas Grind you may remember seeing a few Sunny Buick paintings and at Las Vegas Grind 2 the group art show she organised for us.

Sunny Buick was born in British Columbia, Canada and grew up all over Northern California, finally ending up in San Francisco in her teenage years. In 1986 while attending a high school especially for artists she started to hang out in the milieu of San Francisco tattooing, and began to tattoo professionally in 1992. She served a formal apprenticeship with Henry Goldfield for 6 years. All of her work is heavily influenced by tattoo imagery, a symbolic language in her art.In addition to tattooing Sunny is an accomplished painter and has exposed her work in galleries and museums in the US, Europe and Australia.

Sunny was involved in the West Coast Low Brow and Tiki art movements. She has appeared in several art books like Vicious, Delicious, Abitious and Beatsville, and many others. In San Francisco she participated in the Mexican community ritual of making Day of the Dead installations, in museums and galleries including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

She also organized a gigantic art show and catalog called SciFi/Western, in San Francisco with over 100 artists from all over the world. She arrived in Paris in 2003, where she opened her own private tattoo shop in 2009. She belongs to a Parisian art collective called Gang of Witches.

Sunny will present a « Eye Candy Bulimia » a spoken word/performance piece about Tattoos/Lowbrow art. Cannibal Bonbon is the title of her artistic manifesto, therefore « Eye Candy Bulimia » will be an extension of how she sees herself within the art community in which she exherts her trade. Since her apprenticeship with Henry Goldfield where she learned tattooing and also the art of storytelling, Sunny has been developing her own skills weaving yarns. She has prepared a personal narrative that is both hypnotic and instructive, and that she hopes you will find amusing.

Wild Weekend

San Francisco and Oakland 2018

One of my favorite things that we did in San Francisco this last June was to go to the Wave Organ. If you like experimental music and weird sounds and beautiful views, this place is for you. I heard that the stonework came from recycling gravestones!?????

Wave Organ SF Bay

Another pleasant discovery was the pinball arcade Free Gold Watch 1767 Waller Street in the upper Haight district.

And Clement Street had it’s surprises as well. On an enormous store front that used to be an antique store, someone has their art studio. The place is for lease so maybe the art studion is temporary. I wish I knew more because I think it is very intriguing!

Mural near Clement Street. Jason Jagel 2016

Mill Valley:

I lived for a while in Mill Valley in the ’90’s. It was cool place to live. We were up on Mount Tamalpias. When I drove to college I could be in the city in 15 minutes. But we were in the middle of a forest! It was pretty cool, except for the having to maintain a vehicle. Anyway, it was nice to visit again even though everything has changed and that life style is no longer a possibility for anyone except the rich. Another place that makes me nostalgic and dreamy.

North Beach:

Cafe Trieste with Al, just magic, sweet memories. Thanks Al, thanks San Francsico!

Oakland is a very nice place to explore. Most of my friends from my San Francisco days now live in Oakland. There seem to be a lot of artists and creative outlets, plus a lot of art deco architecture. And that’s a plus in my book….

École de Louvre

Last year I had a small obsession begin; an overwhelming desire to go back to school. An old dream to go to art school reawakened in me. When I was choosing Universities back in the day, I was looking at CCAC, the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Santa Cruz. It was very expensive to go to art school and I thought it might be more reasonsible to get a general education, who knows what the future might hold? But I always regretted not having a formal art education.

I started to become obsessed more and more with L’école de Beaux Arts. I started to hang around there a lot and tried the competition to get in. There were 1500 applicants, 800 were invited to submit a portfolio. I submitted mine but didn’t get to the next step. I was very disappointed. But I had a Plan B: I thought I would look for a painting instructor, take tap dancing and try to seriously get better at the ukulele.

I started talking to the artists I know in Paris and asking for introductions to painters who I consider to be possible mentors. One of the first ones I met with said he learned more at “L’école du Louvre” than he ever did at L’école de Beaux Arts. It’s true that technique is not really taught any more, even though students are very interested. I responded: “But L’école du Louvre is art history classes!”. “No” he responded, “I’m referring to going to the Louvre to copy the Masters”. So I went with him one saturday to sketch.

This was the first lesson. Poussin. Saint Frances of Rome. It looks like a witch but it’s actually the virgen Mary. Mary borne on a cloud appears to St. Francis, the broken arrows symbolise the eradication of the plague.

L’année dernière j’ai été prise d’une « légère » obsession : une forte envie de retourner à l’école. Un vieux rêve qui refaisait surface de joindre une école d’art. Au moment de faire le choix d’une orientation à l’époque, j’ai d’abord pensé à m’inscrire au CCAC, à UC Santa Cruz ou à l’Institut d’Art de San Francisco. Mais choisir une école d’art, c’était hors de prix et il m’a paru plus raisonnable de me tourner vers une éducation plus généraliste car qui savait ce que l’avenir réservé?

Reste que j’ai toujours regretté de ne pas avoir reçu une véritable formation artistique.

J’ai donc commencé à être complètement obsédée par l’idée d’entrer à l’École des Beaux Arts, commençant à y traîner régulièrement tout en préparant le concours pour y entrer. Nous étions 1500 candidats au départ dont seulement 800 ont été invités à présenter leur portfolio. J’ai fait partie de ces 800, mais malheureusement, je n’ai pas été sélectionnée pour l’étape suivante. J’étais très déçue mais j’avais un plan B: me trouver un peintre instructeur, et prendre des cours de claquettes, et m’améliorer toujours plus sérieusement au ukulélé.

J’ai commencé à parler avec des peintres que je connaissais sur Paris, demandant des directives plus précises à ceux qui, je pensais, pouvaient me servir de mentor. L’un des premiers que j’ai rencontré m’a dit qu’il avait appris plus à l’ « École du Louvre » qu’à l’École des Beaux Arts. Il est vrai que la « technique » n’est plus réellement enseignée aujourd’hui, même si les étudiants sont eux mêmes généralement intéressés par le sujet. Je pensais que l’École du Louvre, c’était une école d’histoire de l’art. « Non » m’a-t-il répondu, il parlait de l’ « École du Louvre », celle où les peintres se rendent au musée afin de copier les Maîtres. Et c’est ce que j’ai fait, l’accompagnant un samedi matin pour réaliser des croquis à base de tableaux qui y sont accrochés.

Ceci fut la première leçon. Poussin, Saint Francis de Rome. Cela ressemble à une sorcière mais c’est en fait la Vierge Marie. Marie, portée sur un nuage, apparut à Saint Francis, les flèches brisées symbolisant l’éradication de la peste.

By the second lesson at the Louvre, I was on my own. My drawing is about 400 percent bigger than the original. Jean Cousin le Fils – The last judgement, it doesn’t do justice to all the volume and expression in about 3 square inches.

Pour la deuxième leçon au Louvre, j’étais seule. Mon dessin est à peu près 400% plus grand que l’original. Jean Cousin le fils, Le Jugement Dernier. Mon croquis n’a pas le rendu de l’original, tout ce volume et cette expression dans seulement 8 cm² !

Antoine Caron “Tiburtine Sibyl” Emperor Ceasar being shown the way to Christanity.

Antoine Caron “Tiburtine Sibyl” Emperor Augustus being shown the way to Christanity.

Jan Vander Straet “vanity, moderation and death” (except I didn’t get death in my sketch).

Jan Vander Vanité, modération et mort (je n’avais pas inclus la mort dans mon croquis).

I usually go saturday mornings.These sketches were copied after bronze sculptures of Aphrodite. I get to the museum by 9:00 and draw until lunchtime. Often I go to my studio after and tattoo. I pretty sure this is the life I dreamed about when I was studying french in high school!

J’y vais généralement le samedi matin. Ces croquis ont été faits d’après des sculptures en bronze d’Aphrodite. J’arrive au musée vers 9 heures et dessine jusqu’à l’heure du déjeuner. Souvent je vais ensuite à mon studio pour tatouer. Je suis sûre que c’est exactement la vie dont je rêvais quand j’étudiais le français au lycée!

Pygmalion fell in love with his sculpture. Anne-Louis de Roucy-Trioson 1819 (I was so disappointment to find out that Anne-Louis was a man) a student of David’s at L’école de Beaux Arts, later a teacher there.

Pygmalion est tombé amoureux de sa sculture. Anne-Louis de Roucy-Trioson 1819 (j’étais vraiment déçue de découvrir qu’Anne-Louis était en fait un homme), étudiant de David aux Beaux Arts et plus tard un Professeur dans cette même école.

I think I’m making progress already! What do you think?

Je crois que je fais déjà des progrès ! Qu’est-ce-que vous en pensez ?

Atelier Portes Ouvertes

Bonjour,

Les Samedi 8 Décembre et Dimanche 9 Décembre 2018 de 11 heures à 18 heures j’organise la visite de mon atelier “A la Belle Pique” qui se trouve près des stations de métro Ledru Rollin et Charonne.

Vous pourrez y découvrir, sans obligation d’achat, toute une série d’objets originaux à voir ou à offrir.

J’espère avoir le plaisir de vous y accueillir et faire connaissance autour d’un thé épicé et des petits gâteaux faits maison.

Toute une collection d’objets originaux est à visiter et à vendre :

  • Impressions
  • Tableaux et peintures
  • Lunchbox
  • Coffret à cigarettes
  • Tapis de souris d’ordinateur
  • Étuis à lunettes
  • Cartes à jouer
  • Puzzles
  • Badges
  • T-shirts
  • Stickers
  • Livres
  • Boucles d’oreilles
  • Bracelets
  • Colliers
  • Porte-clés
  • Patches

Bien amicalement.

Sunny Buick

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