BRYANNA MARIE / ARTIST INTERVIEW

|In depth view of Bryanna Marie's pretty pennies|

Abend Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Bryanna Marie, opening on June 15th, 2022. Bryanna Marie's solo exhibition is the culmination of hours spent painting on surfaces that are smaller than an inch in diameter. Often notating the date printed on the coin, Marie recontextualizes the ignored object and elevates it to a status of unique artwork. Thriving within the confines of the small scale, explore how Marie makes big moves on such a tiny surface. 


What is something that you believe in deeply? 

 

Bryanna: Consistency. Everything you can achieve as an artist or a person in any field for that matter, can eventually reach their goals if they work consistently and have a bit of patience. 


How did coins become your substrate? Does the experience of painting change based on the type of coin?

 

Bryanna: After months of searching for copper sheets small enough for my miniatures, I happened to be in my studio, looked over at my coin jar and there it was, the perfect little copper canvas just waiting to be painted.  As for the experience, it’s always different from coin to coin. For example, Lincoln’s profile tends to produce a lot of shadows so I prefer to paint busy landscapes with him in the background which adds to the depth of the painting.


 

How do you prep the penny surface for paint? 

 

Bryanna: Copper is a lovely surface to paint on so the only thing I do to prepare is clean the coin really well. I do what I can to take off the fingerprints, oils and natural grime you’d get from something being passed from person to person for half a century.


DRY CLIMATE.

LUSH LANDSCAPES. 

As someone who paints the natural world, landscapes, and florals do you find that the arid environment of Arizona affects your practice?

 

 

Bryanna: Living in such a dry climate means I can’t just walk outside and find that river view I’ve been dreaming of. It forces me to seek out those lush landscapes I wouldn’t expect to find. This directly correlates with why I paint miniatures in the first place. I’m always asking viewers to seek out, find those hidden gems and enjoy the little things.


In Goodkin you say one of your rituals is to listen to podcasts while you paint. What’s some of your favorite podcasts or audiobooks to listen to? 

 

Bryanna: It’s very true, I feel podcasts and audiobooks give me the opportunity to learn something new, keeping my sessions upbeat and proactive during my long hours in my studio.  Currently, my favorite podcast is ArtCurious. With off-the-wall stories in art history, I’m always left wanting more.  

As for audiobooks, I have to recommend Art & Fear. This book is written for any creative who feels even the least bit drained or discouraged. Truly a lovely and insightful read, I highly recommend for that bit of inspiration we’re always seeking. 


Name your favorite artwork in the whole world? What do you like about it?

 

Bryanna: During a residency in France, I went to the Louvre and stumbled across a painting by Nicolas de Largilliere. It’s called Study of Hands, painted in 1715. There’s about a dozen various hands on the canvas holding letters, clenching fists, grabbing flowers. Nothing flashy but seeing the learning process from this painter was just as, if not more important to me than the grand finished works one normally sees. 


What is your favorite paint color? 

 

 

Bryanna: A favorite paint color, what a lovely question. Each one of my paints reminds me of something beautiful in nature. I have two colors that come to mind. The first is Payne’s Grey from Williamsburg. It gives me the exact feeling of an early morning walk on the beach covered in a chilly mist.  The other is Yellow-Brown from Old Holland. It looks exactly like a fallen maple leaf in late October.



GET IN TOUCH

1261 Delaware St
Suite 2
Denver, CO 80204
United States



303 Detroit St
Denver, CO 80206
United States




HOURS (1261 Delaware St)

TUE - SAT: 12 PM - 4 PM
AND BY APPOINTMENT

HOURS (303 Detroit St)

TUE - SAT: 12 PM - 5PM
AND BY APPOINTMENT

SUBSCRIBE

1261 Delaware St
Suite 2
Denver, CO 80204
United States

HOURS

TUE - SAT: 12 PM - 4 PM
AND BY APPOINTMENT
 

 

303 Detroit St
Denver, CO 80206
United States

HOURS

TUE - FRI: 12 PM - 6 PM
AND BY APPOINTMENT
 

Copyright © 2022, Art Gallery Websites by ArtCloudCopyright © 2022, Art Gallery Websites by ArtCloud