MEET THE ARTIST
Brian McPartlon is an Abstract Expressionist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Since his first exhibition, as a teen, at the Oak Room Gallery in 1965 in Schenectady, New York, Brian McPartlon has honed his skills with acrylics, watercolor, oils, pastels and mixed media sculpture.
In 1973, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1975, he founded and directed the63 Bluxome Street Gallery in San Francisco, California.
McPartlon's technique seeks to present true depth of field through layers of shapes and colors. His process includes staining, pouring and spraying, and a diverse set of brushes from a traditional 6” house painting brush to palm fronds, cacti, animal bone fragments and his fingers. A single painting may take him ten minutes or over 40 years to complete. The large bold canvases can be ominous, antagonizing, invigorating and breathtaking.
The range of colors and depth of each of McPartlon’s works evoke powerful reactions from viewers. Observers of his works struggle to not touch the textures or crawl into the portals that exist in the layers of his paintings.
Brian at work in his Santa Fe Studio