Blast From the Past

On February 3rd, 2018 there was
“Blast from the Past”
a nostalgic 80’s body art show by Paul Roustan featuring live body art, large format photography, video, installations, live music by
The Kira Lingman Band
at Resin Gallery in Hermosa Beach, California.

The Back to the Future DeLorean was onsite for all guests to sit in and take pictures with!

Beer was provided by
Nica Craft Beer

photos by Patrick Pindiur

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Artist Statement

Los Angeles artist, Paul Roustan, is known for his work in body painting and photography. Winner of the North American Body Painting Championships, Roustan is recognized as one of the world’s leading body painters whose style combines traditional fine art, pop culture, and reflections of the contemporary world to create conceptually-based body painting. An alumn of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design, Roustan’s career spans both the fine art and commercial worlds. His work has appeared on media including, Spike TV, The Game Show Network, Sabado Gigante, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Post, GQ, Playboy, Maxim, and galleries along the East and West coasts. His work has been acquired in over 200 private collections.

For his latest show, Roustan longs for simpler times, reminiscing about the nostalgia of the 80s. He says,

“When I was around 5 years old, I used to love Barbie Dolls. I thought they were the most representational toy, and I could even make them nude.

Around age nine, my mother would drop me off at the library while she went to night school. I used to gather any books that contained nudity, and I would draw them incessantly copying them onto paper. When finished, I’d change the naked bodies to look like faces so I wouldn’t get in trouble for drawing nudies.

It occurred to me, over 20 years later as a professional body painter, nothing has changed. I’m still “playing with barbies” and navigating the taboos of nudity.

I thought, “What a great idea for a show!”

Feb 3rd you’ll find my “Blast from the Past” a nostalgic 80s body art show featuring live body art, large format photography, video, installations, live music by the KIRA LINGMAN BAND, and some free art for the early birds!. Oh, and the Back to the Future DeLorean will be on hand for guests to sit in and take pictures with.

I want people to feel like they went back in time. And I want them to feel how that decade made me feel.

Hope to see you there!”

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