W. Howard Brandenburg
PROFILE Q & A
1. What part of the process of creating art do you like best?
The entire process of painting is rich; from the fleeting beginnings of ideas scribbled down in sketch books to the method of design. color, and composition. The sensation of finding my way through the complex process of painting and finally the sense of satisfaction observing the painting develop richness through layers of paint and time keeps me coming back to the studio.
2. What is your working environment like?
While all my work is created in the studio, the ideas that inform the works are pulled together through experience, learning, and living. Uniting disparate ideas from multiple source to flesh out concepts for meaningful artwork. Each painting I create is unique and a single expression of a concept.
3. What kind of (formal & informal) art training have you had?
My artistic style is a mix of informal and formal training. I grew up immersed in art with my mother and grandmother both professional artist in Taos New Mexico, U.S.A.. I received formal training at the University of New Mexico during collage (several decades ago). However, It is through the process of creating art professionally over a span exceeding 25 years that has really shaped my work.
4. Name some important influences and inspirations in your art career.
I am inspired by the use of metaphor to relay a message. I find these inspirations all around, in literature, nature, science, and current events. The substance of my work revolves around the central theme of humanity. Painting becomes a tool to investigate the collective past, present and future of our species by exploring ideas of our human influence and impacts to society, the environment, ourselves, and our evolution.
My painting style has been influenced by the Mexican painters and muralists of the 1940s-1970's, the Taos Transcendentalist movement of the same period, and Italian Futurism.
5. List recent exhibitions of your work?
2019 "Salann Art Magazine". Longmont, CO
2018 "Taos Art Insurgency: The New Protagonists". Greg Moon Art Gallery, Wilder Nightengale Art, and David Anthony Fine Art Gallery,Taos, NM
2017 “Reclaiming Earth” Jewett Gallery, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA
2017 “Enclosure” Factory on Fifth, 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, One person show
2016 “Its Political” Gallery 114, Portland OR
2016 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, 2016 Members Exhibition, Santa Cruz, CA
2015 Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM
2014 “Illustration as Art and Science” Taos Art Museum Workshops Series, Taos, NM
6. Describe some highlight/turning points of your art career?
Perhaps the most profound turning point in my art career is right now. My family has recently moved from New Mexico to the Western District of Victoria; my wife's home. This change is huge for us and for our two daughters. It will no doubt reflect in new ways in the art I produce. This move also affords me more time to paint. Any artists dream really.
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Art Image #1 Caption: Into the Arms
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Art Image #2 Caption: Waters Edge, U.S.A