Paintings by Brian Mashburn
Paintings of post-apocalyptic landscapes where nature, culture, and industry seemingly struggle to coexist. The works were inspired by the endless tides of skyscrapers he observed while spending time in Hong Kong, Thailand, and China. The escalating urban condition and population density produced a polluted and drab landscape that influenced his methodical brushstrokes.
With the delicate touch of 19th century German Romantic painters (like Caspar David Friedrich), Mashburn creates complex, but exquisitely rendered spaces where trees, clouds, spires, and solemn figures negotiate a proliferating maze of telephone poles, smokestacks, and carcasses of the Industrial Age. Painting with what he calls, "the soul of a hopeless romantic and the dark humor of a cynic," Mashburn channels hallucinatory states of a bleak, yet sublime future.