March 2, 2021
Artist Blacklight Glowart created this painting in commemoration of Kenneth Anger's vision for his film Lucifer Rising in 2019.
December 9, 2020
The economic downturn brought on by the viral pandemic has prompted most of us to shift our priorities. I used to make prints of my paintings available for sale here; now I don’t. The truth is, sharing my artistic works with people in the greater world community has always meant much more to me than any money I’ve made from selling it. My desire to continue sharing my work during a time when few people have disposable income for buying art has moved me to make alternative arrangements for how I go about sharing it.
Henceforth, and for the foreseeable future, the agencies that are under my immediate purview and influence will no longer be selling art prints of my paintings to the public. In place of offering art prints directly I have authorized that a high-resolution (300 dpi, at the size of the original art) image file of each of my paintings be made downloadable from this website, free of charge.
Below the expanded view of each painting in the Gallery you will find, below the title, a link that will guide you in downloading the image file of the painting.
You have my expressed permission to make (or have made) an art print of any of my paintings for personal, private display. Feel free to use the printing service of your choice. There are numerous print-on-demand services online fully capable of producing very high-quality prints from a digitized image for a reasonable charge, and on a variety of materials including premium papers, canvas, glass and metal.
Thank you for your interest in my creative work.
July 29, 2020
May 12, 2020
Well, now, this seems to be a pretty significant development. To be considered notable enough to have my life and creative work be the subject of a feature article in a leading print magazine in Russia, a country halfway around the globe, is both delightful and humbling. What an honor!
Mitin magazine (as it is written in Americanese) began life as an underground literary magazine in 1984 Leningrad, during the last years of the Cold War USSR era. Since then Mitin has evolved into Russia's most influential magazine focusing on world culture.
The current issue of Mitin, number 71, is 350 pages, of which a whopping 45 pages are devoted to the article about me. Or rather, the story is related in the context of my 15-year friendship with Dima Mishenin, lead artist of the celebrated Russian artist collective known as Doping-Pong. The article includes excerpts from our correspondence, and a Q&A in which Dima questions me about various aspects of my life and work, and my views on topics of interest to him. The article includes numerous photos and images of work by Doping-Pong for some of my projects, including the cover art for the 40th Anniversary reissue of the Lucifer Rising soundtrack on vinyl LP. The logo on my website was also designed by Doping-Pong.
Issue number 71 also features writer William Burroughs and surrealist artist and author Brion Gysin. Good company to be in!
Mitin is published exclusively in Russian language text. If you are fluent in the language, or if you want to learn it and want some Russian text to cut your teeth on, here you go:
May 7, 2020
Three examples of art by Elisabete Pires Monteiro, who writes to me from Portugal. See her Portfolio here.
October 12, 2019
Preorder Now. November 15, 2019 Release
New release on vinyl, the original soundtrack for the cult film, Lucifer Rising, by underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Composed by Bobby BeauSoleil who is joined in the performances by his prison band, The Freedom Orchestra, recorded 1975-1979 at Tracy Prison. The music of Lucifer Rising is closely linked with the occult elements with dark psychedelic mystical sounds.
Bobby composed electronic sounds interspersed with interesting slow trumpet fanfares, keyboard wizardry and fine guitar solos. For sure one of the most influential soundtracks ever and one of the most important psychedelic ambient album of music history. Magical & Essential. Artwork by Malleus.
September 15, 2019
My latest painting Tyr and Garm: Battle at the Gates of Hel is dedicated to my dear friend Jason. In his day job as a criminal defense attorney, Jason regularly does battle with the monsters of duplicity, inequity, and vagaries in criminal law. When not engaged in his legal practice, Jason enjoys pursuing other avocations, including a more than passing interest in the hero stories from Nordic mythology. He has a particular affinity for Tyr, alternately referred to as the sky god, the god of war, and the god of weapons.
Tyr also earned a well-deserved reputation as the one-handed warrior god. His fellow warrior gods ridiculed him for his folly after Loki's monstrous wolf Fenrir bit off his right hand the moment the unruly beast realized Tyr had tricked him into allowing himself to be bound by a magical chain. The laughter died away when Tyr demonstrated he could fight equally well with only his left hand gripping a weapon.
In approaching a depiction of Tyr in his element I chose one from among the many stories of Ragnarok, the preordained apocalyptic war that brought the glorious and fearsome age of the Aesir elder gods to a close. In this scene Tyr joins in battle with Garm, the watchdog who stood guard at the gates to the demesne of his mistress, Hel, the dark bitch goddess who held dominion in the land of the dead. Tyr defeated Garm, and slew the creature; afterward he would succumb to the wounds it had inflicted on him during their combat. The Aesir gods were divine but not immortal, yet they live forever in the legends of Norse mythology, which continues to spin off new variations to the stories in modern times.
May 11, 2019
Peter Thelen, editor of the online rock music magazine Exposé, has recently reviewed my album, Voodoo Shivaya. You can read it here.
Photo Credit © 2018 Nicholas Syracuse.
A deeply personal musical statement from Bobby BeauSoleil, a 2-disk concept album featuring a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks mapping the meandering path of his journey to spiritual understanding. The vocal tracks performed by BeauSoleil include both covers and original songs, with guest performances by Annabel Lee Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Robert Ferbrache, and Mike Behrenhausen. A lavish triple gatefold cover integrates evocative photographs by Nicholas Syracuse with calligraphy by Timo Ketola. Jacket layout and design by Bobby BeauSoleil and Beth Hall. This album was recorded at Oregon State Penitentiary between 2008 and 2015.
April 15, 2018
March 30, 2018
It is with great pleasure that I announce the debut of a new short film by Shazzula Vultura Ridens. The film is entitled Nature Boy, the same title as my interpretation of a song penned by Eden Ahbez that is on my forthcoming double album, Voodoo Shivaya, is the film’s soundtrack. This collaboration is unveiled today in observance of the Vernal Equinox, and as a harbinger of things soon to come. Watch the film here. And enjoy this preview of music from the new album.
March 6, 2018
About a year ago my dear friend Dima, a respected artist of the Doping-Pong artist collective who lives in St Petersburg, Russia, sent me a photograph of his beloved city's Summer Garden in winter. I was not sure what I was looking at and asked Dima if it were a picture of a Gulag for trees. I was half-joking, and he thought my remark was pretty funny. Now I am sharing a photo of the Summer Garden from the same perspective taken this past summer. A study in contrasts!
February 13, 2018
Over recent months I have been participating in interviews with Niklas Göransson for Bardo Methodology, a printed magazine published on a, um, somewhat improvisational timetable in Sweden. If you are at all interested in knowing what makes me tick at the deepest levels of my being, particularly in relation to what inspires me in my creative work, this series of interviews may be of interest to you.
Bardo Methodology is an English-language magazine featuring interviews with artists, musicians, philosophers, mystics, scholars, scientific researchers, and weirdos like me who are given to mixing disciplines. The magazine explores a broad range of unusual topics, with emphasis on the strange and esoteric. It is aimed at seekers of a deepening understanding of reality, and examines techniques that may be an aid to them in their search. The visual design of the magazine is facilitated by artist Timo Ketola, and leans to the shadow side of the visual art spectrum.
A somewhat abridged version of my first interview with Niklas as can be read HERE. The full version is published in Bardo Methodology #2, and the second interview in the series will appear in issue #3. The physical magazine is distributed in North America by The Ajna Offensive. Elsewhere the magazine can be ordered from BardoMethodology.com, where you can also read highlights of past articles and see images of some fascinating art.
December 19, 2017
Now on Netflix, Gaga: Five Foot Two is a new documentary film about Lady Gaga by filmmaker Chris Moukarbel. Especially noteworthy as a Newsroom blurb because a few sections from my original soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's underground film Lucifer Rising have been used in the production to support several significant scenes.
Moukarbel's production company sought and was granted a license to use the music in the film, so this is all legit, in case you wonder. This was also the case when Gaspar Noe used a portion of the Lucifer Rising soundtrack to support an erotic love scene in his film Love a couple of years ago. A few years earlier Moukarbel's company licensed a bit of the soundtrack for his film Me at the Zoo — appropriately enough, to go under a sweeping aerial shot over Los Angeles. At this rate my underground film soundtrack may become the most movied score in history!
If you would like to check out Gaga: Five Foot Two you can find it listed among the new movie releases on Netflix. If, like me, you don't get Netflix you can view the trailer here:
December 13, 2017
DJ Mag Russia features a two page spread on the Lucifer Rising LP with a nod to Doping-Pong's cover art.