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Paul Brainard
updated: 10/05/2012
website: www.paulbrainard.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Fuzzy
I'm Black and White Inside
AZThromycin
Maybe, Someday
Kasia
An American Waste
All for themselves after all
Trains of Ennui
Some Things Last Forever
October 17
Undisguised Delight
Here we go Buccos
O the
The sound of violins
Maya
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, geometric, conceptual, obsessive, memory, political, psychological, text, feminist, landscape
 
 
Fuzzy by Paul Brainard
Fuzzy
pencil and pen on paper
2010
22" x  30" 
I'm Black and White Inside by Paul Brainard
I'm Black and White Inside
pencil and pen on paper
2011
26" x  40" 
AZThromycin by Paul Brainard
AZThromycin
pen and pencil on paper
2012
18" x  24" 
Maybe, Someday by Paul Brainard
Maybe, Someday
pencil and pen on paper
2011
20" x  24" 
Kasia by Paul Brainard
Kasia
pencil and pen on paper
2012
0" x  0" 
An American Waste by Paul Brainard
An American Waste
Pencil on Paper
2005
38 " x  48" 
All for themselves after all by Paul Brainard
All for themselves after all
pencil on paper
2008
35" x  37" 
Trains of Ennui by Paul Brainard
Trains of Ennui
Pencil on Paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Some Things Last Forever by Paul Brainard
Some Things Last Forever
Pencil on Paper
2006
26" x  40" 
October 17 by Paul Brainard
October 17
Pencil on Paper
2005
26" x  40" 
Undisguised Delight by Paul Brainard
Undisguised Delight
Pencil on Paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Here we go Buccos by Paul Brainard
Here we go Buccos
Pencil on paper
2009
24" x  40" 
O the by Paul Brainard
O the
Pencil on Paper
2008
22" x  30" 
The sound of violins by Paul Brainard
The sound of violins
Pencil on Paper
2007
15 .25 " x  11.5 " 
Maya by Paul Brainard
Maya
Pencil on Paper
2009
24" x  28" 

Artist Statement

In my drawings, compositional elements refer simultaneously to deep space and surface arrangement. This formal device reflects the position of one’s reality, the gulf between where one exists in their mind as opposed to the reality of one’s existence. The images reflect my position in a media saturated consumerist society, combing elements of random advertising, personal photographs and religious imagery. Icons from early puritan New England gravestones mingle with images of pornography and homogenized culture. Time is compressed; forms overlap and eradicate one another. Random figures exist in a semi-abstracted environment to which they cannot relate.  Both abstraction and representation push and pull off of one another to develop a dynamic within the drawing that captures the void of substance in everyday life.   The emotional despair in the drawings stem from a distinct lack of spirituality that is very representative of today’s society. The drawings evolve as I follow my intuition and by altering the image through elimination, embellishment or eradication. The process is one by which intuitive discoveries lead in new directions in the drawing, preserving a feeling of spontaneity in the final image.

Artist Bio / CV

Paul Brainard

 

Born    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   1969

 

Education

 

1993 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. BA Studio Art

 

1995 Carnegie Museum of Art Studio School, Pittsburgh, PA

 

1999 Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY. MFA Painting

 

Group Exhibitions

2008 "Death is Not the End"  31 Grand Gallery December 20th 

 

2008  “The boys are back in town” curated by Wes Lang Romo Gallery Atlanta ,GA. Feb 22 – Apr. 5

 

2008  “The heart is a lonely hunter” 31 Grand Gallery NY.  Jan. 10 Feb 09

 

2008  “Skin” Paul Brainard/Pia Dehne/Sissel Kardel   Autoversion Ltd. NY. Jan 18 – March 1.

 

2007  “I Remember Nothing” SHAG Gallery NY.NY November 29 – December 22

 

2007  LEGION Project # 10 Curated by Lisa Kirk Scope Art Fair NY Feb 22 -26

 

2007 Explosivo! Art Show “Our Dark Heroes” at Secret Project Robot Brooklyn NY  Feb3 March 3

 

2006 “He Said/She Said” Tastes Like Chicken Artspace April 28 – May 21

 

2004 "Fake Plastic Trees" Jeff Bailey Gallery , NY  June o3 - July 30

 

2003 "ATTACK – The Kult 48 Klubhouse " Deitch Projects Brooklyn, NY - Curated by Scott Hug.  November 21-January 2004.

 

2003 "Today’s Man" John Connelly Presents NY, NY. Curated by John Connelly. July 19 – September 13th -  traveling to Hiromi Yoshii Gallery Tokyo Japan. October - December

 

2003 "Now Playing :K–48"@ D’Amelio Terras Gallery NY, NY. Curated by Scott Hug. July 1 – August 8 .

 

2002 "Echo" 31 Grand Gallery - Brooklyn NY September 14 - October 14

 

2002 "I'm with Nature" Brooklyn Front Gallery - Brooklyn, NY April 12 - May 12

 

1998 "MFA Candidate Group Exhibiton" Puck Building New York. May

 

1998 Max Fish 135 Ludlow St. New York

 

Awards

Graduate Assistantship - in the Drawing Resource Center, Pratt Institute 1996 –1998

Scholarship - Carnegie Museum of Art Studio School 1995 – 1996Merit Award - for Exceptional Studio Art Performance, University of Pittsburgh 1993