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Michael Godard's hometown gallery Inside Las Vegas' Rio Hotel and Casino on the second level of the Masquerade Village just 2 doors down from the VooDoo Lounge. Michael Godaard art, Scott Jacobs art, BoneDaddy art, Paul Butvila art, Stickman art Stacey Wells art..

Bone Daddy

"Innocent," "alternative" and "macabre" are just a few words to describe the voyeuristic work of Bone Daddy. To him, it's about the story; that fraction of time in which a suggestive gesture goes from a smile and a simple flirtatious motion to a more proactive advance on sex and lust... it's the spirit of Bone Daddy.

As a kid, he was no different than any other hormone-filled boy. The sight of beautiful women always played a dominant role when it came to his inspiration; that and the macabre world of the undead. He couldn't help it; his father was a bone doctor and as a kid he would frequently gather bone relics that his father had in boxes from him college days and through a dab of glue here and there he would create, believe it or not, sexy sculptures. And when he was done with these sculptures he would draw them from different angles. Quite often his drawings would resemble beautiful figures and, for some reason, spiders.

His thrill of the macabre and "bones" wasn't sick; it was, like any other artist, just something that excited him and inspired his creativity. While other renowned artists felt inclined to paint landscapes or the next drab beach scene he was busy making body landscapes out of bones. It was through his love for bones that he found himself more inspired by the reality of them. These were REAL bones and they were once a part of someone. This reality has brought to life many other REAL moments captured in his canvas work. To Bone Daddy, love and lust are primitive and real emotions that people feel and when they act on those emotions - honestly - that's when a moment is captured. The thrill of the moment he would finish a bone sculpture was equal to the thrill of a woman's body language when she goes for what she wants.

In "Lucky You," Bone Daddy plays on the psyche of the primitive male with a simple tease. This piece clearly portrays a woman who is the ultimate tease and through her simple stamp she issues a friendly but physical challenge that even the most faithful of men would have a hard time looking away.

In "Gossip Queen," you get the very real emotion of a celebrity figure hounded by the Hollywood that, in a moment of reality, she decides to embrace her popularity through a simple mockery of what has contributed to who she is. Reality is not escaping... it's more about embracing.

The playful, sexual tension continues in "Love and Lust" and "Tease". Two women on two different nights with two different desires but, clearly, one well-oiled machine working together to get what they want.

Make no "bones" about it... Bone Daddy art is SEXY and through the stories he portrays you can't help but feel at least a little lustful at what you know is happening off the canvas. His art is about getting a rise out of your mischievous side and embracing it. It's about cutting straight to that first chakra and awakening that primitive reality in you... awakening the dead, so to speak.

It's Bone Daddy's prerogative to invoke real feelings in all of us no matter who we are. It's no wonder why he has emerged as one of the most sought after artists of this decade.