Beau Bernier Frank is a 23-year-old French-American surrealist painter currently working from his studio in the city of Pacific Grove, located on the California coast. Since graduating from high school in 2011, Beau has pursued a life of traveling and adventure, jumping back and forth between living in Italy, Spain, and the States.
Growing up in a multicultural family sparked Beau’s interest in learning about other cultures and languages. His time spent overseas allowed him to become fluent in French and Spanish and his trips abroad inspired him to return to his artistic roots. He began documenting his experiences in black moleskine notebooks, which he filled with journal entries, sketches, collages, small souvenirs and some photography. What is rather remarkable about Beau’s body of work is his humble beginning as a self-taught artist and his recent switch from illustrative works with pen on paper to oil on wood panels. Beau has worked in a variety of jobs and has done some freelance graphic design and mural work, however some recent setbacks and health issues forced Beau to take a break from his day job. It wasn’t until he developed an autoimmune disease that that he had to put everything on pause and reevaluate his life.
Beau immersed himself in painting and made an overnight change to focus his attention to the creative arts as a means to cope with reality. Not being able to walk or work for several months gave Beau an opportunity to brainstorm and explore his artistic inclinations. He developed a new innovative and unique style of collages of landscapes with portraits. These paintings would mark the beginning of his new career as an emerging artist and the creation of his collection, “Off the Grid.”
Beau has made a full recovery with his health, and upon completion of the "Off the Grid" series, his talents were recognized and he was commissioned a 6-piece installation featuring women holding the agave plants, now on display as part of Cultura's private collection, in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Beau's latest project is "Cadiz House", an artist residency designed for creatives to produce honest work through experiencing the South Atlantic Coast of Spain.
Born in Southern California in 1993
French | American
I have lived in France, Spain, Italy and the United States
Languages spoken: English, French and Spanish
MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY
Rivalta Cafe, Firenze, IT - "Emerging Artist Exhibit" - solo show - Mar 2013
Meykadeh Cafe, Firenze, IT - "Muses" solo show - May 2013
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, USA - "Miniatures" group show - Nov 2013
Monterey County Weekly Press Club, Seaside, USA - "New Wave" juried exhibition - 1st place/community favorite/honorable mention - Jun 2016
Cultura Carmel, USA - "Las Mezcalilleras" - Aug 2016
19 Karen Gallery, Mermaid Beach, AU - Aug 2016
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, USA - 2-person show, Jan 2017
Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, USA - solo exhibition - Nov 2017