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John Brennan

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Degree: BA (hons) Graphic Design - Illustration
University: Liverpool

Artist Statement

Emotional and contextual conflict is the underlying focus of most of my painting. As an artist I’m fascinated by a subtle sensation that I’ve come to recognise and regard as a visual paranoia of sorts. It can manifest itself in a wide range of subject matter, the common denominator being a sense of the uncanny or enigmatic. It could be a landscape that feels both uplifting and menacing at the same time, a micro facial expression that reveals an underlying darkness, or a posture that implies both invitation and rejection. I find these tensions compelling. The fiction and popular culture of my childhood and early teenage years continue to shape my interests to the present day. Whilst the result is a seemingly disparate range of subjects, in my own psyche these subjects are all connected and inhabit a single interior world.

Notable public acquisition - 2017 - read more via the blog.

Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2016 - Dis locate, VW Showroom, Oxford. Curator Luis Araujo
2016 - Bad Art, Bones & Pearl Studios, London. Curator Anna Choutova
2016 - Plastic Propaganda, 125 Old Broad Street former Stock Exchange, London
2016 - Both Ends of Madness, exhibition and symposium, APT Gallery, London
2016 - Meet the Artists, curated pop-up, Gorsuch Street, London
2016 - ArtRooms, jury-selected art fair, Melia White House, London
2015 - Bankley Open Call, Bankley Studios, Manchester
2015 - Oxford Artweeks, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2015 - Beers Contemporary Visions V (shortlisted)
2014 - Oxford Artweeks, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford
2014 - Royal Academy Summer Show (shortlisted)
2014 - OX4 Magdalen Road Studios Artists, 03 Gallery, Oxford
2013 - Bankley Open Call, Bankley Studios, Manchester
2013 - HELP - Hollow Earth London Painters, SIX Space, Bournemouth
2013 - Ludlow Open, Harley Centre, Ludlow
2013 - Worcester Open, Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester
2013 - West Wharf No4, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff
2013 - Creekside Open, APT Gallery, London 

Prizes, Awards & Competitions

2016 - National Open Art Competition (shortlisted)
2016 - Contemporary British Painting Prize, finalist
2016 - Jackson’s Open Art Prize, longlisted
2015 - ArtGemini Prize, 1st prize winner painting & sculpture, Menier Gallery, London
2015 - Arte Laguna Prize, finalist, Italian Cultural Association MoCA, Arte Laguna Studio, Venice
2014 - Threadneedle Prize (longlisted)
2013 - The National Open Art Competition, finalist, Royal College of Art, London. Minerva Theatre and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
2013 - Threadneedle Prize (longlisted)
2013 - Neo Art Prize, finalist, Neo:Gallery22, Manchester 

Publications & Press

2016 - FreshPaintMagazine, international issue 12, curated selection by Andrew Salgado
2015 - The Oxford Times, artist profile interview by Sarah Mayhew Craddock 
2015 - Manifest International Painting Annual 5, Manifest Press
2014 - The State of Art Representational and Abstract Volume 2, Bare Hill Publishing, ISBN 978-1-909825-14-7
2013 - Hollow Earth London, video interviews produced by Benjamin Bridges
2013 - The State of Art Representational and Abstract Volume 1, Bare Hill Publishing, ISBN 978-1-909825-01-7 

Original works:

The Message

By John Brennan

£1100

Munich

By John Brennan

£680

Myth IV: Endless Night

By John Brennan

£480

Myth VII: Nostalgia

By John Brennan

£480

Untitled

By John Brennan

£1600

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Last Light

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Drift

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Myth I: This is the Place

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Celebrant

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This is Reality

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Myth V: When You Least Expect ...

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Myth VI: Five Days

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Ich Lebte und Starbe (I Lived ...

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Experiments in Movement: Part ...

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