SCIENCE AND ART…

I have always been fascinated with science, engineering, architecture, and, particularly, with space and space exploration. These are obvious sources of inspiration, but I also want to blend these with an appreciation for natural beauty, including the human figure, and the natural landscape.

I also remain committed to craftsmanship with the construction of my paintings and seek to incorporate the best possible painting practices, materials, and techniques, both traditional and modern.

Love the spaceships…
… and the paintbrushes!

WHAT AND WHY I PAINT…

As always, I am interested in continuing to portray themes of beauty, achievement, innovation, and aspiration, but more recently with an emphasis on narrative and an optimistic view of the future. To that end, I like to focus on subjects that incorporate these themes and are also suggestive of a not-too-distant future, and that portray a positive perspective. My goal is not to paint science fiction, but to express what I find important, beautiful, and inspirational about the world, the universe, and human kind’s place in it from a point of view in the future. I am hoping to connect with others that are excited to explore, that see potential, and that want to be impactful in a positive way. I welcome you, and hope you enjoy my work and that it will help sustain your journey.

About kids… Children often demonstrate the capacity to imagine the future and the unknown as an amazing and beautiful place in a sincere way that adults often cannot. Children and their aspirations are favorite subjects of mine. As a parent, I envision a future for my children that is challenging, but also filled with possibility and wonder – a future to be excited about!

ON THE EASEL – The Artist’s Blog

Getting a representational art education these days is a little bit less of a challenge than it was 20 years ago. Now we have a proliferation of ateliers and a resurgence of interest in and skill surrounding representational artwork, and classical technique. This was not always the case. Relying on as much art conservation documentation as he could find, and conferring with as many classically-minded artists as he could find on best practices, Bryan is largely self-taught. Over time, he has had the privilege and the challenge of spending a lot of time testing and refining different materials and approaches for both artwork supports, the chemistry of oil paints, finishes, sizing, composition, themes, and many other facets of creating a work of art. You will find some of the more recent updates on Bryan’s webpage for best practices for other fine artists. We hope you enjoy the results of this hard-won talent/skill, and will purchase art that makes you happy as opposed to what is touted in mainstream art media channels.

EDUCATION

GRAND CENTRAL ACADEMY OF ART, New York City, NY

June 2008 – Summer Intensive Drawing with Jacob Collins
July 2008 – Summer Intensive Figure Painting with Douglas Flynt

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, Logan, UT
Studied Fine Art, Illustration

 

EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS, & COMMISSIONS

2015 – Private Commission – ‘How Far We’ve Come 2’ – 196 x 92 in. oil on panel.

July 2014/2015 – ‘Terra Incognita’ and ‘The Unknown Awaits’, Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Finalists, Art Renewal Center International Salon, Port Reading, NJ

July 2013/2014 – ‘Grace Note’, Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon, Port Reading, NJ

Feb 2013 – Bryan is accepted as an Art Renewal Center Associate Living Master

Jan 2013 – Commission Painting – ‘Strength of Purpose’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Report, Winston-Salem, NC

July 2011/2012 – ‘Between Chapters’, Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon, Port Reading, NJ

Jan 2012 – Commission Painting – ‘Heritage and Hope’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Report, Winston-Salem, NC

Nov 2011 – ‘Study for the Triumph of Icarus’ featured in the ‘Powerful Design’ exhibit at the MSU museum, East Lansing, MI

May 2011 – ‘Night Light’, Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Port Reading, NJ

Jan 2011 – Commission Painting – ‘A Brighter Direction’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Report, Winston-Salem, NC

Dec 2010 – ‘Champions of Realism’ Group Show, Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

May 2010 – ‘Muse and Medium’, Award of Merit Springville Museum Annual Spring Salon, Springville, UT

May 2010 – ‘Contrast’, Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Port Reading, NJ

Jan 2010 – Commission Painting – ‘Through the Storm’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Report, Winston-Salem, NC

May 2009 – ‘Deliberation’, Art Renewal Center Annual Salon Finalist, Art Renewal, Port Reading, NJ

Mar 2009 – Commission Painting – ‘BB&T Lighthouse’ BB&T’s Promotional Logo/Illustration, Winston-Salem, NC

Jan 2009 – Commission Painting – ‘Our Best Days are Ahead’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Report, Winston-Salem, NC

Jan 2008 – Commission Painting – ‘A Solid Foundation’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Report, Winston-Salem, NC

Dec 2007 – Commission Painting – ‘Monna Vanna’ In honor of the Stella Adler reproduction of Maeterlink’s play ‘Monna Vanna,’ Los Angeles, CA

June 2007 – Commission Painting – ‘Breaking Through’ Honor of achievements of Durango Partners, Arlington, TX

May 2007 – ‘Ready for the Day’, Award of Merit Springville Museum Annual Spring Salon, Springville, UT

Jan 2007 – Commission Painting – ‘There’s Opportunity Here’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Financial Report, Winston-Salem, NC

Oct 2006 – ‘With Age, Subtlety’ by Shawn Rossiter Utah art e-zine 15 Bytes, Salt Lake City, UT

Sep 2006 – ‘Art in Industry’ Rose Wagner Art Center Two-person exhibition at the Rose Wagner Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

July 2006 – ‘Waking Among the Clouds’, Best in Show Intermountain Society of Artists, Juried Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT

Jan 2006 – Commission Painting – ‘There’s Opportunity Here’ Cover of BB&T’s Annual Financial Report, Winston-Salem, NC