Brendan Flanagan

Canadian, born 1983

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Brendan Flanagan

Canadian, born 1983

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Brendan Flanagan started out painting romantic landscapes filled with imagery taken from art history, film, and travel, but he would eventually develop his signature expressionist style of pouring copious amounts of paint across wooden boards, then pulling and manipulating it into desired forms before using more traditional techniques to refine the image. Recently, Flanagan has darkened his palette and watered down his paint, applying it with swirling brushstrokes to portray zombie-like figures in the tortured manner of Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, and Julian Schnabel. Reinterpretations of ambiguous film stills and photographs, Flanagan’s paintings create tension between the ominous figures and the incongruous interiors they inhabit. Stairwell (2010), for instance, depicts a ghoulish man mounting a grand staircase in a stately building.

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Brendan Flanagan started out painting romantic landscapes filled with imagery taken from art history, film, and travel, but he would eventually develop his signature expressionist style of pouring copious amounts of paint across wooden boards, then pulling and manipulating it into desired forms before using more traditional techniques to refine the image. Recently, Flanagan has darkened his palette and watered down his paint, applying it with swirling brushstrokes to portray zombie-like figures in the tortured manner of Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, and Julian Schnabel. Reinterpretations of ambiguous film stills and photographs, Flanagan’s paintings create tension between the ominous figures and the incongruous interiors they inhabit. Stairwell (2010), for instance, depicts a ghoulish man mounting a grand staircase in a stately building.