Brandon Herbers, owner of Led to Light Art, is a self-taught, intuitive painter from midtown Memphis, Tennessee, who works with a combination of acrylics, house paint, and spray paint, along with various means of distressing the painted surface that he won’t gladly divulge. His “canvas” is rarely canvas, but often framed-out plywood panels, closet doors, door panels, vintage furniture, and even detached tabletops.
Brandon’s work has been represented or exhibited in the Memphis area by R.R.L. Fine Art, Stevens Auctions, Painted Planet, Ronnie Grisanti’s and The Vault at Metro 67. His pop-up painting demonstrations and street stalls have been a hit at the Cooper-Young Festival and the South Main Art Trolley Tour.
His outsider, abstract-expressionist style was not developed in art school. Someone had to tell him what kind of art he was making!
“The last thing I want to know is what’s going to be on the canvas,” he says, explaining his preference for the abstract.
His kinetic technique, boundless energy, and enthusiasm for his art can hardly be contained on the surfaces he covers (and repeatedly re-covers), nor can it be comfortably fit under the medium of painting…at times it’s more nearly two-dimensional sculpture.
In recent years, Brandon has come to appreciate the works of modern art masters such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko and Picasso, but his own work retains its own energy.
In 1989, Brandon wrote the poem, “Led to Light.” Through weaving together the titles of dozens of Led Zeppelin songs into a narrative of his own, he ventured into a new passion, creating. Twenty-five years later he decided to combine his one poem with one of his hundreds of paintings.
In my mid-thirties, I hit rock bottom. I went searching for God using a blowtorch, a Dremel, some latex, and spray paint that I found on the roadside. I felt that through the creative process I could somehow open a door to the other side to find Him.
I was later told that this was art.
I realized art is my tangible manifestation of my search for God. He found me, and everything changed. And today I hope that my art can inspire others.