Brett Amory was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia. He moved to Bay Area to attend the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, and now lives in Oakland, California. In the past year he's had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose. Most recently, Amory presented Dark Light at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
Amory began his Waiting series in 2001, depicting commuter subjects who appear detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments. Amory is inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of of and and of random people - who he simply observes but never interacts with.
He says of his paintings -
"The painting series entitled “Waiting” depicts the urban individual's yearning for presence and the seeming impossibility of attaining it. The paintings portray commuters in transit immersed in either a quiet, even hopeful state or, alternately, an anguish of unfulfilled anticipation. At first, the series, begun in 2001, depicted travelers waiting underground. But as the paintings evolved, the people ceased to be exclusively travelers, and began to emphasize figures selected from anonymous snaphots of city streets. Although the experience of waiting remains, the perception of it has changed from one of mundane task to one leavened with transcendence.
The series has also charted the evolution of an artist—the reductive elements of the compositions provide an outward echo of the inner states of the figures. By reducing the elements of the painting as far as possible, a frozen moment is extended.
Lastly, I have developed favored motifs in the series, a kind of visual music, such as repetition of a human image, to show not only the passage of time but of the human being through it."
All of Amory's work is oil on board.
Check out Brett Amory's "Waiting" Series.