Bryan Robertson works primarily with paint on canvas and digital imagery. Influenced by both abstract and figurative surrealism, Robertson uses a process of chance and collage to depict multiple ideas at one time. He brings together gestural intuition with pictorial depictions of cultural processing and reprocessing. Robertson finds a common language in the logos and culture of mass media and consumerism. As Robertson explains, “I hijack well-known symbols from commercially produced products, places, and services and use them as a kind of social hieroglyph. Once under my creative control, they link personal experience into larger societal meta-narratives."
Bryan Robertson is a visual artist based in Saint Louis Missouri. Robertson received a Master’s of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2016. His recent solo exhibitions are Superpower (2017), Parish Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri | Altar of Commerce (2017), Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri | Inverted Utopia (2016), the Parc Condominiums, Seattle, Washington. He has also participated in national juried shows including: Predictions and Perceptions (2017), Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Colorado | The Chocolate and Art Show (2017), The B-Complex, Atlanta, Georgia; Luck of the Draw (2017), The Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, Missouri; Serendipity (2016), Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis Missouri; Americana (2016), Tsuga Fine Arts, Bothell, Washington.
Robertson's work will be featured in a poster session at the 2018 College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles. Robertson’s work has also been published in the UMSL Daily Magazine and Studio Visit Magazine (Volume 33). In 2013 Robertson received the Product Invention and Creativity Center Thesis award from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and worked with a group of Mechanical Engineering students on a design project. While at the University of Washington Robertson won the Parnassus Graduating with Excellence Award a committee award for one student from Art, Art History, and Design that recognizes artistic and scholarly achievement while at the University of Washington. Recent other awards include Jacob Lawrence Graduate Recognition Award (2016), the Puget Sound Artists Scholarship Grant (2016), and the Vermont Studio Center Artists Grant (2016). Robertson is currently an Adjunct Professor of art and design at Jefferson College; Hillsboro, Missouri