Art Review Wednesday: Brian Barnard @ 1904
There isn’t much information available on Brian Barnard out there, aside from the fact that he’s a graduate of the University of Florida and lives in Fernandina Beach, info that I was able to get courtesy of available Facebook information. Aside from that, nill.
Everything to be gauged from Barnard has to therefore come from his work, which portrays his world as a sort of Technicolor dreamscape. Color and bending perspectives are the trademark characteristics of Brian Barnard’s artwork, and each piece is deliciously rendered in a patchwork of colors, delicately combining his uniquely unpretentious and provocative style with images taken from nature to showcase his ability to demonstrate the potential for beauty to shine through, even in the darkest of hours. His work focuses on combining elements from nature with human images, creating his own special mythological land that is populated with speckled elephants and exaggerated moustaches, faces stretching at the neck to reach one another.
His work is typically produced using acrylic paints on either canvas or wood and on occasion he uses stencil to add elements to his pieces, which are primarily created during live painting sessions at various art events. Tonight, you can go judge his work for yourself during Jacksonville’s art walk. Barnard will be painting live at 1904, one of the city’s oldest structures. The bar opens at 6pm for art walk on June 6th
1904 is located at 19 N. Ocean St., Jacksonville, FL 32202