This is another work I’ve painted on for years. Time is as much of a canvas as the actual physical surface.
When I started it, I was 1) very low on black paint and 2) just finished helping my father with some roofing. It only made perfect sense to start with a black canvas, so with some extra roofing tar-paper, I went to work.
I have painted over and over those original images–and had plenty of black paint to work with since then! Since i want to be the last one involved in my work, meaning that I want everything to come from an unconscious transference, it is a constant that images of faces, people, places and things always appear as if intentional (but they aren’t intentional).
The very last thing i want to know is what’s going to show up. It’s like a lesson, or a vision after the fact, combined with all the supernatural elements involved with this faith based transference, the use of color and direction emphasizing the magic of the art itself.
Brandon Herbers is an intuitive, self-taught artist working with a combination of media: acrylics, house paint, spray paint, and fire. You may have spotted his work around Memphis, Tennessee, exhibited or sold by Stevens Auctions, R.R.L. Fine Art, Ronnie Grisanti’s, Painted Planet or The Vault at Metro 67. Or you may have seen one of his pop-up painting demonstrations or street stalls at the edges of the South Main Art Trolley Tour or the Cooper-Young Festival.
His outsider, abstract-expressionist style was not developed in art school. Someone had to tell him what kind of art he was making! And his “canvas” is typically framed-out plywood panels, closet doors, door panels, vintage furniture or even detached table-tops.
Brandon eventually learned more about modern art masters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, all of whom he deeply respects, but his art still pushes its own frontiers. And his boundless energy, kinetic technique and enthusiasm for his work can barely be contained on the surfaces he covers.