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 show multiple ideas at one time. In addition to the intuitive side of action and memory he is also interested in a shared nostalgia. This leads Robertson to depict the logos and ideologies of consumerism as an invasive force upon the inner psyche. As Robertson explains, “I hijack well-known symbols from commercially produced products, places, and services and use them as a kind of cultural 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 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; Inspiración del Peru (2016), Metropolist, Seattle, Washington; Shedding and Shredding (2015), The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Washington; eARThworks (2012).
Robertson’s work has also been published in 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 given to the top student from each year’s MFA class. 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