I hope December finds you well and happy. As 2018 draws to a close, I wanted to let you know what's been going on in my world.
As some of you all ready know, I have been trying to figure out how to spend more time with my family in the Kansas City area, who have suffered some recent health setbacks. Unfortunately, my Mom recently suffered her second stroke in less than two years, which has hastened my plans for balancing my time between Portland and the Midwest. In a few weeks I will be traveling to Kansas City to spend the holidays, assess my folks situation, and look into lining up art shows in the KC area. Most likely I will be spending longer periods of time there more frequently, which will require me to set up an art studio, so that I can continue working on various art projects in Portland and Kansas City. Of course, this will be much more financially challenging, and so I am asking for a little help: if you have been interested in purchasing an original painting, it would be extremely helpful as I prepare for a big life transition. Here are a few ways you can help me out (and aquire some new art in the process!)
If you live in Portland, my abstract paintings are on view at The Carina Lounge, located at 410 NW 21st. Ave (hours are 4:30pm-11pm, Tuesday-Sunday) If you are interested in a painting there, contact me and we can make arrangements. The show will come down in mid-January, and work will be available for pick up at that time.
Also in Portland, I will be having an open studio sale on Sunday, December 16th, from 1pm-6pm at 1974 SE 20th Ave. (at the intersection of SE 20th and SE Harrison)
If you live outside of Portland, I have many paintings listed in my online shop, and in the shop of my collaborative project, Fancy Mammal. Also for more pictures of works in progress, visit my Instagram page.
And finally, if you just want to make a financial donation, you may do so here.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement during this challenging time, and best wishes for a happy and loving holiday season.
All the Best,
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Please join me this October 4th for what will be my last big show in Portland for a while. This will consist of my recent larger abstract paintings from the last several years. It is a fund raiser for an art residency in the Kansas City Area, so that I may spend time with my family, who have had some recent health setbacks. Show will run through the month of October, hope to see you there!
I will also be having several open studio sales this fall, and will post more info soon. And of course I am putting lots of works in my online shop if you can't make it the show or open studio dates.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
I have lived in Portland, Oregon, for the past twenty years, since August of 1997 to be exact. During this time I cut my teeth as a painter, developing my style and creative voice over the long rain-soaked winters of the Pacific Northwest. It has become a familiar and beloved place for me, with many friends and fond memories.
Last year my Mom suffered a stroke, and though she has almost fully recovered, it was a reminder to me of how fleeting life can be, and more importantly, the value of spending time with loved ones while they are still here. With that I decided to figure out how to spend more time with my family in the Midwest. I knew it would be challenging to split my time and maintain a functioning studio and day job between two places that are 1500 miles apart (most of my family lives in the Kansas City Area.)
So I have decided to have a show in Portland of my abstract paintings this fall to raise funds to do an art residency in my hometown of Kansas city. I will need to find a live/work space, some sort of a reliable vehicle, and materials for doing a body of artwork while I am there. This will allow me to continue making and selling my art while I'm there, and also have a show of the work I produce during my residency. Most likely the residency will happen in the Winter/spring of 2019.
If you are interested in helping me make this happen, there are several ways to help out. I will be putting most of my available paintings (some smaller abstracts and a wide assortment of other works) in my shop. The Larger abstracts will not be available until the time of the portland show.
Also, if you are interested in making a monetary donation, you can do so at paypal.me/brentwear (you don't need a paypal account to do this)
And finally, My collaborative project Fancy Mammal has original works and prints for sale too, and you can find it all here.
This has been a very challenging and emotional decision to make, but the more I figure the logistics out, it should be possible to keep my place in my adopted home of Oregon while spending priceless time with my family and still produce art. I will be posting more info about the Portland show soon, along with works going up in my online shop. Thank you for your interest and support for my work!
All the Best,