The present work is infused with imagery that has its roots in a lifetime of hardship, experiences and spiritual quest. They are a map of his soul manifest in a little character called Bodo who revealed himself to the artist in 1973 after a life changing experience atop an ancient pyramid in Mexico. It was a seminal moment for the painter, and since then the whimsical and peaceful spirit of Bodo has guided his brush and his life.
Bodo: The little character LaBorde paints has become his mouth piece for his life and how he feels and reacts to his daily life. Bodo is the child in all...but a child with the wisdom of life! Bodo represents a freedom and the breaking down of limitations. He is a child with an old soul's spirit. The appeal is international as the meanings behind the paintings become a part of the collectors expressions in and of life! Bodo is a clothed horse and expresses himself in the many robes and hats he wears. Bodo symbolizes all that is good in the world and how we act and react to our daily lives. When LaBorde started painting his Bodo paintings he thought of how he expresses and deals with life and in many ways he related those feelings through his paintings.
The black background represents LaBorde's silent world...he says we all have a silentness within us and sometimes we must go there.
Two Toned Face: The face of Bodo represents the dualities in life that each of us face everyday. The blue represents the spiritual side of life and the flesh colored side represents the human side of life. In LaBorde's life it represents his struggle with the hearing world and the silent world. It is the happy and the sad sides of life, the good and the bad...the struggle verses the easy side of life....Everyone has dualities... it's life, and you work with them....they are a part of you, and you are good.
LaBorde's art is whimsically different...even a little spiritual... get to know them,... discover the whimsical, and the dreamy, paintings in a happy and unassuming way! Trust you eyes and mind to interpret the works of Martin LaBorde. His paintings will speak to you and your heart. His paintings will make you smile,... they will make you happy when you see them...and you will most likely will 'hear' his message and become a Martin LaBorde collector!
The life of Martin LaBorde is a wonderful story of resiliency. LaBorde was born in a small rural community in central Louisiana. As a child he was tested many times to determine the disconnect in his life. He could not communicate verbally and because doctors were looking for other reasons, his hearing loss went undetected. He loved and communicated with animals and they became his friends (they liked and accepted him) and that is the reason he puts animals in his paintings. Martin attended art school, and was recognized for his talent.
Over the years, Martin LaBorde has conquered and embraced all the experiences in his life! Martin LaBorde is a survivor! Martin LaBorde is an amazing thought provoking, highly collected artist that lives his life to the fullest!