My work uses visual elements from my childhood to influence the viewer's perception of the past. Even if the experience between the artist and the viewer is not shared, I intend for my paintings to create an artificial sense of nostalgia.
My paintings can be both welcoming and disheartening. The items and scenes that I paint carry a childish and sometimes a borderline kitsch quality. The vibrant use of color makes the paintings more approachable but also elevates it to a surreal, unreal scene. The unease comes form the stillness of the image. While the physical paintings carry a loud presence, the scenes depicted are relatively still and intimate.
Bryant Portwood received his BA at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he studied fine art and art history. He received his MFA in painting and anatomy from the New York Academy of Art.
Bryant is currently living and working out of Charlotte, NC