Fruit Cocktail
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Fruit Cocktail

September 24, 2021
October 30, 2021

This body of work began by reconstructing observed moods and attitudes through painting. The works have themes surrounding cliches, queerness, affect and orientation. The paintings utilize text, saturated colors and everyday imagery; these components are chosen for their immediacy in affecting and building mood. Spatially the subjects in the work are layered in ways that do not align with a physical space, but rather represent them in a space of interiority or a glimpse into a moment of cognition.

LAKES exhibition installed in GLHF gallery, march 2021

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About the artist(s)

Brendan Shea


Brendan Shea is a painter and installation artist based in Austin, Texas. His work reconstructs popular sentiment and explores themes surrounding affect, queerness, cliches and orientation. Brendan received his BFA in painting from Maine College of Art in 2018, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded the David Bruton Jr. Endowment Graduate Fellowship. Brendan has exhibited work across the U.S. at Ortega Y Gasset Projects (NYC), Grant Wahlquist Gallery (Portland, Me.), BU Gallery (Boston, MA.), SaveArtSpace(Los Angeles, CA.), Able Baker Contemporary (Portland, Me.), SOIL Gallery (Seattle, Washington), and SPACE Gallery (Portland ME.).

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