This one’s my baby. After painting, carving and burning to create art for 10 years, I have never worked on such a medium. As I almost drove past the insulation board on the side of the street, that voice said STOP, GO BACK.
What took place on this panel was far more than I ever expected. I am excited to say I look forward to creating new works with this medium. It really took to the flame and blade unlike anything i have ever worked on.
The texture looks like a meteorite that has been sliced open like a piece of bread. To strengthen that image, I purchased some sandstone from the gardening department at the local hardware store (hey, I don’t get everything from the curb!), and I proceeded to chisel out small pieces to create a rigid border. I applied a combination of colors to match the direction, to truly make it appear like something from out of this world. It is a first and a personal favorite. Photos can not justify the power of this work’s presence.
Brandon Herbers is self-taught, abstract painter working in various media: acrylics, house paint, spray paint, and fire. You may have seen his intuitive work around Memphis, North Mississippi or the Arkansas Delta, exhibited by Stevens Auctions, R.R.L. Fine Art, Ronnie Grisanti’s, Painted Planet or The Vault at Metro 67. Or you may have visited one of his pop-up paint-slinging demos at Cooper-Young Festival or South Main Art Trolley Tour.
Call Brandon’s art whatever you want: outsider, abstract-expressionist, art brut…his style was not born in art school. Someone had to tell him what kind of art he was painting. He eventually learned more about modern art masters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. He admires and respects all of their work, but his own art still pushes its own frontiers.
And his kinetic technique, boundless energy, and wild enthusiasm for his work can hardly be contained on the surfaces he covers (and re-covers, and re-covers).