Artist Statement

Artist Statement- Brian Sholdt

Using acrylics allows me to paint quickly using my numerous scribing squeegees and brushes. The squeegees are used to create my own calligraphy within the work and push the paint in new directions. The addition of gel pumice in the paint gives the piece texture and depth.

My work comes from a humored melancholy viewpoint. I’m revealing the uncanny within the mundane, exposing undertones of human characteristics.
Breaking the characters into puzzle like pieces is a metaphor to our behavior of compartmentalizing our thoughts and feelings. The faces reflect the nuances of expression depicting our corporeal appetites. Building a relationship with my characters exposes the viewer to who I am. I have skin in the game and the pieces are partial self portraits.

Working in a semi intuitive fashion keeps my work evolving to push in new directions.