AlexBirdStudio

LGBT art and paintings

St.-Petersburg, Russia

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AlexBirdStudio - Emotional LGBT paintings and merch

My name is Alex Bird, and this is my shop.
I draw LGBT and Sapphic art, although just a few years ago I was struggling with internal homophobia and couldn’t accept myself as a lesbian. I used to be married to a man, trying to fit in social expectations. That was until I have started mental therapy and discovered that it’s okay to be gay. Changing life to accepting was harsh and didn't come at once, but it was worth it. I realized that my dream always was to draw the beauty of women and lesbian couples. Women inspired me all my life, but I avoided drawing them, scared of what people think about it. Besides, painting LGBT couples was so thrilling for me, I always thought that I'm not good enough for it.

On my way to acceptance, until I started painting, I suddenly became an invisible LGBT activist. In Russia, where I live, being gay is unacceptable, however LGBT people communicate through private chats and communities in social media. I signed for a vacant place of administrator in such a community and won the contest in 2017. This community has over 200K subscribers, and the main goal of it to let people share their real life stories anonymously. The job of administrators is to edit stories, post it, help the ones who are in trouble; it's a daily routine that helps this community exist. This project is unique: it collected more than 20000 real love stories of LGBT people in Russia, most of which have to live secretly. I, as an administrator of this community, was the keeper of people's secrets. The rule was to never show myself, so nobody knew who collects their stories. It was the stories of people that inspired me to make art. There's a real life story behind each painting.

My mission is to make LGBT people more visible. We exist, even if the government like Russian ignores us, bans us, sues us and sets us in jail. My paintings embodies gratitude to those LGBT people who dare to live openly, encouraging other LGBTQ+ and helping them to accept themselves.

I try to make my art emotional, combining large coarse strokes and sophisticated details. The oil for me is like clay, I modify it until I get the all the strokes in order. I use realistic technique to make my models recognizable, and put them into the chaos of color stains to express their feelings.

I studied painting with the artist, she was my tutor in oil paining, although our themes are completely different. Before I became an artist, I worked as a frame master, a shop assistant, a teacher and even as a laundress. I ran away from my husband, moved twice to other cities, and finally found the love of my life in Saint Petersburg. I think that I'm at the very beginning of my artist’s route, and I hope that one day my gallery will be replenished not only with images of lesbian love, but also with gays, non-binary persons, and all the queer community. My dream is to open my own exhibition of LGBT paintings, somewhere in NY or Amsterdam.

The beauty is in diversity, and love knows no limits.

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  • Alex Bird

    Owner, Curator

    Alexandra, 32 Shop owner and artist. Studied architecture, economics and art. Born and raised in Siberia, moved to Saint Petersburg in 2019. Worked as a teacher, a frame master and a shop assistant. Took part in several local exhibitions.

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Last updated on Jun 1, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Yes, you can order a personal painting of you and your Girlfriend/Boyfriend! I would be happy to draw it!
Conditions:
1) It must be a good reference (a photo of you two together), I would not compilate it out of two different photos, sorry :) Not dark and grainy, please. Nude is okay.
2) You can order a watercolor or oil painting.
a) watercolor will be painted on a cotton watercolor paper (grain fin), minimum size 20x30cm, maximum 50x70cm. Ships in a plastic tube.
b) oil painting sizes: min 20x20cm, max 100x100cm. Paintings under 40x50cm are streched on an underframe, shipped in a cardboard box, bigger sizes - in a tube.
3) All paintings are without frames!
4) Terms: 2-3 weeks for oil, 1 week for watercolor.
5) For prices contact me.

Care instructions

For oil paintings:
You can clean it with soft cloth and warm water with or without soap. Do not use abrasive or harsh detergents. Oil paintings don't need to ve covered with glass.
For watercolor paintings and prints: please do not wet. Watercolor paintings and prints on paper should be put in a frame with glass or plexiglass. Contact your local frameshop to do the best framing. Do not hang it on a sunny side, because colours can fade out of UV rays, and the paper can turn soft yellow within several month.

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you'd like to, I can wrap your gift in a craft paper and optionally add a little ribbon bow (you can choose color). All wrapping will be inside the box, so shipping won't damage it. Also, I can add a postcard with warm wishes, written in calligraphic handwriting. I prefer you to send me the text. :)
All of it is for free.

Signing

All original paintings are signed in the corner with my initials, "AK", and year of painting. If you'd like to, I can also sign the painting on the back - my full name, date of creation, city of creation. Or even wright dedication: "To ... with warm wishes" or something like that. Feel free to ask me!