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ABOUT JASON BRAMMER
Jason Brammer is a visual artist, painter, and muralist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, Brammer creates a unique melding of painted imagery with 3-dimensional elements such as real antique parts, reclaimed wood, and other salvaged items he happens upon in the alleys by his studio. The objects are seamlessly integrated, creating an illusion that draws the viewer in for a closer look to see what is real and what is painted.

Jason's art has been featured in numerous local and national exhibitions, including recent solo exhibits at artist Tony Fitzpatrick’s gallery, Firecat Projects, in Chicago, IL and at the Harrison Center For The Arts in Indianapolis, IN. In addition, he has appeared in many…

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  • Born on September 10
  • Joined October 6, 2009

Favorite materials

Antique Pieces, Rusting Metal, Machine Parts, Aging Surfaces, Salvaged Hardware, Acrylic Paint, Plaster, Salvaged Wood, Found Objects, Antique Hardware

About

ABOUT JASON BRAMMER
Jason Brammer is a visual artist, painter, and muralist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, Brammer creates a unique melding of painted imagery with 3-dimensional elements such as real antique parts, reclaimed wood, and other salvaged items he happens upon in the alleys by his studio. The objects are seamlessly integrated, creating an illusion that draws the viewer in for a closer look to see what is real and what is painted.

Jason's art has been featured in numerous local and national exhibitions, including recent solo exhibits at artist Tony Fitzpatrick’s gallery, Firecat Projects, in Chicago, IL and at the Harrison Center For The Arts in Indianapolis, IN. In addition, he has appeared in many publications, such as the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, the Chicago Sun Times, the Indianapolis Star, and Chicago Art Magazine. His work can be found in private collections across the country, and was recently acquired by the Rockford Art Museum (in Rockford, IL) and the Zhou B Art Center (in Chicago). 
  
When not making his own independent art, Jason enjoys doing commissioned work, including murals, installations, album artwork, and more. Recent commissioned pieces include a large-scale public mural for the city of Chicago, an installation for social networking company LinkedIn, and concert posters for the bands 'My Morning Jacket' as well as 'Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy'. 

Jason was born in 1974 in Lancaster, Ohio and grew up primarily in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has painted and drawn since childhood, and has been a professional, working artist for over ten years. Brammer studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, but his current work evolved mainly from years of independent practice and experimentation. He currently resides in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with his wife, Erin, and two cats and has a private storefront studio in Humboldt Park, which is filled with ever-changing piles of rusted chains, antique pulleys, vintage gauges, and other found treasures that inspire his work. Learn more about him at jasonbrammer.com.

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COMMISSIONS:
Jason is currently available for commissioned work. Contact us for details.

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ARTIST STATEMENT (ABOUT MY ART):
I make a variety of artwork, including paintings on canvas, works on paper, and mixed media assemblages; however, painting is the foundation of my work. I paint primarily with acrylics using a combination of airbrushing and traditional paintbrush techniques. I often lend an aged or antiqued feel to my pieces by strategically scraping away paint, sanding parts of the image, and layering paints and plasters to achieve the look of rusting metal. People often ask if my work involves any photography and the answer is “no”; the imagery in my artwork is all painted by hand.

The mixed media works of my "Time Machines" series merge painting with the art of assemblage. The pieces, at their core, are paintings on canvas, masonite, or other surfaces I construct by hand. Then, at various stages of creating each one, I integrate 3-dimensional, sculptural elements.

The attachments I incorporate into the paintings are unique to each piece and include objects such as vintage or salvaged hardware, tubing, and carved wood. Many have one-of-a-kind antique pieces attached, such as handles, gauges, and pulleys. I also use many different types of salvaged materials, including leather I mold into curved shapes, discarded wood I construct into frames, and other “recycled” objects found in the alleys behind my studio. I also sometimes take new materials, like pipes, metal hardware, or hand-carved wood, and paint them to look like old, weathered metal.

With my work, I am exploring the theme of perception and how what we perceive may not always be what is there in reality. My work is based on the ancient “trompe l’oeil” technique (meaning, “to fool the eye”) that was used by the Greeks and Romans to visually create space where there is none. Traditionally, a window would be painted to create the illusion of space and I got the idea to further obscure the line between two- and three-dimensional perception by adding real objects to the painted imagery. I strive to create a seamless flow between the paint and objects, drawing the viewer in for a closer look to see what is real and what is painted.

On another level, I want my work to capture the feeling of glimpsing into a another dimension or time. I often juxtapose surreal or mechanical elements with an aged texture and antique parts to recall different time periods within a single piece. I have also been continually drawn to the imagery of the seascape, for it’s timeless quality that could be from the past, present, or future. With many pieces, I try to evoke the nostalgia of a past era and, in particular, I am inspired by the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau movement (1890-1910). In fact, I make many of my “machines” to look like found artifacts from the turn-of-the-century and some pay homage specifically to the Columbian Exposition of 1893, which took place in Chicago and is commonly referred to as “The White City”.

In addition to my assemblage-oriented art, I also create traditional paintings, inspired by many of the same concepts that inform my mixed media work. I like to make works on paper that look like archived fragments peering into another space or time, and often tear the edges of the paper to give them an aged feel. Many of my paintings portray futuristic, surreal, or alien imagery in a style that appears to be aged, like an antique photograph. With my "Soundscapes" series, for example, I paint otherworldly ‘sound machines’ setting up audio transmission stations in pastoral landscapes, while the paintings of my "Remembering the Future" series present an imagined future of floating sea creatures, industrial wastelands, hovering networks of machinery, and UFOs foraging flooded landscapes.

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