The Pink Paintings by Justin Brennan

Curator’s Statement

One associates pink as a feminine girl color, but Justin Brennan debunks that silly myth.  He uses pink, among other colors, in a masculine, grungy, muted way, yet his palette is not muddy or subdued.  In the fashion of early Diebenkorn or Frankenthaler, Justin puts color relationships and seemingly random shapes together, creating energetic canvasses with layers of pentimenti and rich surfaces.  A true abstract expressionist, Justin paints with his mood and reacts to what he has done.  He never knows where he is headed, until he decides his paintings are complete.  On the walls, his work exudes all this energy that we take in effortlessly.

 

Artist Statement

In my paintings, I attempt to bypass self-censoring thought and allow myself to be influenced by what surrounds me, be it physically or emotionally.  The aim is to express raw emotion via spontaneous creativity, without analytical prodding.  The result of this process is something non-representational and honest.  I attempt to take the complex and clarify it, resulting in a straightforward composition.

I generally enter the studio without a preconceived idea and trust in the process itself.  My work is primarily mixed media involving anything that is available and at my hands, including found objects and other non-traditional material.  I work obsessively, destroying and re- creating a canvas, while layering a combination of oil, acrylic, and latex house paint.  The goal of my work is to simplify the complex while still affecting the viewer.

 

brennan1-bird

Bird

24″ x 30″

latex, oil stick, and charcoal on canvas

$325.

brennan2-bird

Tinker

20″ x 24″

latex and charcoal on canvas

$275.

brennan3-retort

Retort

26″ x 36″

enamel, latex, and charcoal on canvas

$375.

brennan4-hesitation

Hesitation

24″ x 30″

latex and charcoal on canvas

$350.

brennan5-self-restraint

Self-Restraint

40″ x 50″

latex, enamel, and charcoal on canvas

$800.

brennan6-uninterrupted

Uninterrupted

5″ x 5″

oil, spray paint, and found objects on panel

$125.

brennan7-transverse

Transverse

30″ x 32″

spray paint, latex, and graphite on canvas

$500.

brennan8-expectation

Expectation

12″ x 12″

acrylic, latex, and charcoal on panel

$200.

brennan9-100_miles_per_hours

100 Miles per Hour

8″ x 8″

latex and acrylic on panel

$175.

brennan10-maintenance

Maintenance

24″ x 34″

oil, latex, and acrylic on panel

not for sale

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