Beau Dunn is a contemporary artist, known for her buzzworthy photography, sculptures and paintings inspired by the paradox of childhood innocence, materialism, and consumerism. Her series have included Barbie, Hello Kitty and gun inspired pieces. In 2010, Dunn had her first group exhibition titled, "eXist" at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California..
In 2013, she released a series titled, "Plastic” featuring Barbie portraits at the Art of Elysium “Pieces of Heaven,” auction located at the ACE Museum in Los Angeles. There, Dunn's Barbie's caught the eye of actor David Arquette whom joined in the bidding of one of the portraits in hopes to win it as a gift for his daughter, Coco. Dunn's inspiration for her "Plastic" series and the development of her interest in art stemmed from her experience growing up in Los Angeles,"I got into art because of the whole idea of plastic people and materialism and how people in LA perceive themselves. It plays with what I grew up with and how they act,” said Dunn.
Dunn has had exhibitions on both coasts showing in Los Angeles, New York and Miami for Art Basel (2013). Her work has been featured at LACMA for the third iteration of, Around the Clock: DONUTS & CLOCKS with Dawn Kasper, a 24 hour durational performance installation which featured artist made donuts, karaoke, and an open call exhibition of 100 clocks during the entire 24 hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock. Dunn's piece was a clock inspired by Hello Kitty.
In March 2013, she collaborated with fellow Los Angeles-based artist Gregory Siff for a photo series called, "Beauty is Boring", shot by make-up artist and photographer Robin Black. In November 2013 she loaned one of her Barbie portraits for a collaboration with This Means Mar. The piece was on display at Lab Art Gallery in Los Angeles and was a part of Mars solo exhibition entitled, "I Crave Love".
In January 2014 Dunn's Barbie series, "Plastic," was a part of a group exhibition titled, MIA in MIA at the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City. Among the artists in the exhibition were, Greg Haberny, James Austin Murray, Aaron Nagel and Tim Okamura. The pieces were on display from January 9 - February 8, 2014.
Beau’s one of a kind, Glam Barbie print, was just featured in the prestigious Phillips Auction - “Photographs : Ultimate Contemporary,” opening in London on May 21st, 2015. Glam Barbie was created with thousands of Swarovski crystals applied by hand, and sold for €10,000.00.
On Aug 11, 2016 Harpers Bazaar Magazine published an artist profile of Dunn and her collaboration with Kris Jenner and interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Dunn helped co-design Jenner’s new “Birkin Closet,” with Dunn’s neon sculptures being the focal point of the closet with the neon reading “NEED MONEY FOR BIRKIN.” Jenner came across Dunn’s artwork, as Dunn grew up with Robert Kardashian , as they were childhood friends, both attending The Buckley School.
November 17, 2016, Dunn debuted her first solo show entitled “PLASTIC,” at De Re Gallery in West Hollywood. The show consisted of her “Plastic” Glam Barbie Series encrusted in Swarovski crystals, her neon sculptures “Need Money for Birkin,” and “Need Money for Botox,” just to name a few. Celebrities in attendance included Lily Collins, Peyton List, and Jesse Metcalfe.
Dunn was a featured artist at the 2016 Art Basel Miami satellite fair Art Miami. Dunn debuted her sculptural series entitled “Gold Digger and Sugar Daddy,” along with her Barbie series, and her series entitled “Size Does Matter.”
On May 29th 2017, Kylie Jenner revealed images of her new “Glam Room,” featuring two Barbie portraits created by Beau.
On July 26th 2017, Architectural Digest debuted their September Issue with Claudia Schiffer on the cover. Dunn’s pink Barbie portrait is included in the multi-page spread, in Claudia’s daughter Clementine’s bedroom – an avid Barbie collector herself.
Dunn was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. She studied at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she received a Bachelor of Arts in studio art. Dunn lives and works in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.
She is currently working on her two solo shows in Miami, Europe and Los Angeles for the fall of 2017.