I have so much to say about this work. I have made what seems like thousands of artworks since I started painting. (It has been thousands, counting all the ones I’ve repainted over the originals.)
But so far, I have never come close to the color scheme or transcendental authority this work embodies. Its spiritual nature overpowers every other aspect of the work.
For me it represents those winds of change that can flow through through you, changing your entire state of being: filling, connecting and completing — removing all doubt, fear and anxiety — replacing them with true purpose, fulfillment , wholeness and love. (I told you I had a lot to say about it!)
This work is so unique, compared to anything I’ve made in the past , I have had to literally fight off the urge to add to it. Sure, I usually answer those calls, but in this case, I did not, as the voice to leave it was way stronger. I am very glad I listened.
Brandon Herbers is self-taught, he’s not abstract, but his paintings sure are. He paints in various media: acrylics, house paint, spray paint, and fire. You might have spotted his intuitive, vision-inspired work around Memphis, Tennessee. Maybe you visited one of his pop-up paint-slinging demos on the edges of the Cooper-Young Festival or the South Main Art Trolley Tour. He’s been repped or exhibited by Stevens Auctions, R.R.L. Fine Art, Ronnie Grisanti’s, Painted Planet or The Vault at Metro 67.
Label Brandon’s paintings however you like: outsider, art brut, abstract-expressionist, but his style was not learned in art school. It was not learned “on the street” either. More like in a parking lot in Audubon Park or in his back yard. Someone eventually had to tell him what kind of art he was painting. And that kinetic technique, boundless energy, and wild enthusiasm can hardly be contained on the surfaces he covers (and re-covers, and re-covers). He later learned more about the great modern art masters: Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. He loves their work, but his own painting still pushes its own frontiers.