Brian Hart Brian Hart

Studied printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (Class of 2005)


From a conceptual standpoint the subjects and themes of the work I make owe a lot to the traditions of history painting. Themes in the paintings are often derived from stories and myths I enjoyed as a child. Instead of a straightforward didactic approach, I reinterpret these stories using pictures appropriated from a wide range of sources. Images taken from advertising, cartoons and pornography are given equal weight with images drawn from the works of the old masters. This is not meant to disrespect the works of previous artists but meant to show how these images can have the same power, importance and meaning. Pictorial symbols in art used to be a language clearly read by the public, allegorical paintings had set codes of symbols used in order to communicate to an illiterate audience, now these same symbols can have a multitude of meanings depending on their context.

The variety of sources that I draw from, both visually and conceptually, offer the viewer a chance to interpret the pieces with their own sensibilities. Even though the themes and stories they are related to are typically concrete written works, the artworks I do in response to them often have a more varied perspective.  All the major icons of the stories are coded or represented in some way in the pieces but they need to be deciphered by the viewer. Titles of works simply set a context for the viewer to enter into the work, hinting at meaning associations and possible interpretations without spelling anything out. This allows for a more dynamic viewing experience, inviting them to think about what these images mean to them not just in relation to the story but also personally.

"C'mere U" 10" x 8". Gouache, Marker, Digital Printing on Paper

"G vs E" 10" x 8". Gouache, Marker, Digital Printing on Paper

Contact Brian Hart

Phone: 617 784 2724

Got to Get Tough. 60

Got to Get Tough. 60" x 72". Acrylic on Board

"A. Panopte". 36" x 60". Acrylic on Board

"Island Life" 60" x 72". Acrylic on Canvas

"Prometheus". 48" x 60". Acrylic on Canvas

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