Deborah Stein aka Bonbon Oiseau is a living artist, illustrator and activist in NYC and Dixon, New Mexico. Her artworks and illustrations with watercolor, gouache and ink explore our place in this big lifey world.
From painting conceptual botanicals and landscapes to applying human emotions to squirrels, Deborah's art practice is diverse. Trained as a painter and telling visual stories as a jewelry designer under the name Bonbon Oiseau for 14 years, The Bonbon Oiseau Workshop was known for Deborah's thoughtful lyrical assemblages of objects and imagery in beautiful color combinations. Deborah's designs were sold internationally from Beams- Tokyo and Spree -Paris to One Kings Lane in the U.S. Since she's transitioned her studio back to her first love, drawing, painting and art collaborations, she's still interested in storytelling and mixing colors, creating art for all kinds of picture books, editorial work, and developing patterns + designs for textiles and home decor, fashion and book jackets.
Deborah loves road trips, the middle of nowhere, amateur anthropology, life in the garden, fiddling in the kitchen, long walks, monsoon time in India, her husband James and her dog Pablo, and the good work of the animal and plant world in general. She wakes up really early and goes to sleep really late. She gives a portion of her creative profits to organizations she believes in. Buy art or prints and hire her for jobs often please! She is writing this now and isn't sure why it's in the third person.
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Making images, or making anything really, is a way to organize and share emotions like hope and discomfort, joy and wonder, love and pain, and loop us into the larger world by breathing life into our stories. By looking closely at the complexities and eccentricities of nature and it's phases and cycles of beauty and ugliness in this big bad world, Deborah looks at her own experience through the engine of drawing and painting, as well as writing, needle and bead work, photography and large and small-scale installations. In her process, she has created work exploring ideas of beauty and imperfection, awe and empathy, chaos and politics, history and death, time and survival. These are the ideas that made the short list.
She has created posters for the Women's March and Pen America, collaborated with artist Tamika Rivera on Here Projects, runs the Women's March NYC Arts and Events Page and is part of the NYC based agit-prop art collective We Make America. In January 2017 she worked with the Women's March-NYC Chapter as Arts & Events Coordinator/Producer and raised significant funds with the sale of her own prints for the Women's March and National Institute for Reproductive Heath.
For inquiries about hiring Deborah for illustration work, collaborating on special projects or if you'd like original artworks or prints click that little envelope icon down below and let's chat.. Find prints for sale here.
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Her site One Awesome Thing is about creativity, life and hard human-being stuff which is great and you should visit there as soon as you're done here.
Special thanks to Lilla Rogers and her Make Art That Sells workshop series, which introduced Deborah to the incredible rich world and creative flow of life as an illustrator and the wonderful community there-in, Debora Clare for offering her garden in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico as a retreat from city life, Ron Louie for his invaluable technical help and musical advice, her husband James for giving her the time and support to shift back into art making full-time, brother Dan and best pals Sandy, Tamika, Joie, Jen and Persephone for believing in and encouraging her to "stay golden pony-boy".