“A life without art is like a life without air.” This statement encapsulates the life and identity of James Brantley, famed contemporary painter and life-long Philadelphian.
Brantley’s works sit at the intersection of abstraction and figurative painting. Employing abstract principles of form and color, Brantley pushes the perspective and composition of his figurative paintings. His often surreal paintings offer spaces that beg to be inhabited by the viewer. His extensive oeuvre features airy and optimistic landscape paintings, bold portraits, expansive and moody cityscapes, and thought-provoking interiors. Deeply dedicated to his studio practice, James Brantley is experimental in his approach, and has created a distinctive visual language across his ever-evolving artistic career. Brantley is both a master painter and a compelling story-teller, who continues to remain true to his artistic vision and personal identity as an artist.
—Adapted and excerpted from https://www.stanekgallery.com/master-artist-brantley, accessed 7-30-2021
Philadelphia-born painter James Brantley attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, for a year before beginning military service in Vietnam. He returned to PAFA and graduated in 1971. He continued his studies, graduat...Read More ⟶