Brett Amory was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia and is currently based in Oakland, California. In 2005, Amory received a BFA from Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. Amory’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and New York. In 2012, The San Francisco Bay Guardian named him artist of the year with a cover story. He has also been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post and New American Paintings.
I have been painting for nearly twenty years. In that time I have explored many different approaches and techniques to painting from classical realism to abstraction. Many great artists have inspired and influenced my work along the way but none as much as Picasso and Matisse. Both of these artists pushed the boundaries of painting into uncharted territory and, as a result, they changed the way painting is viewed, studied and perceived. These two artists, above any others, have motivated my approach to pushing my own limits while exploring this medium. It is a huge honor to be showing alongside my two favorite artists and, in my opinion, the two best artists of the 20th century.
SF Anonymous Cluster is inspired by my month long residency at The DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. While there, I asked exhibit viewers to volunteer by sitting while I painted them for the Anonymous portrait series. The Anonymous series has been an ongoing project since 2003 and started with my painting the photographic portraits used in discarded passports. The portraits in SF Anonymous Cluster are depicted as a loose abstract visage of the subject with an undercurrent of simple raw emotion as illustrated by the free flowing application of paint to canvas.