Brett Amory, image source Warholian

Brett Amory

United States 1975

Fine Art

Brett Amory
Brett Amory
United States
March 7, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Brett Amory is an American artist, best known for his ongoing Waiting series of paintings in which he poetically depicts isolation caused by the big city life. Born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia, he has lived in San Francisco for 15 years before relocating to Oakland in 2009, where he is currently based. In the past year, he has had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose.

Amory began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and inhabitants of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (where the artist lived for fifteen years).

Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary city architecture and random people who he sees on a daily basis but never speaks to. Brett feels especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward – those who don’t appear to fit in socially. As the title suggests, the Waiting series is about how we rarely experience living in the now, always awaiting what will come next or obsessed with what has already transpired.

In our age of distraction, being in the present is difficult to achieve outside of meditation practice, it requires heightened cognitive awareness and clear mental space, often prevented by constant internal dialogue, preoccupation with memories of the past and/or concern for the future. Amory’s work attempts to visually represent this concept of disconnection and anticipation, conveying the idea of transient temporality that exists in most moments of our daily lives.

Featured image: Brett Amory in his studio, image source Warholian

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Twenty-Four in LondonLazarides Gallery. London, UKSolo
2013Twenty Four in New YorkJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYSolo
2013AnonymousZerofriends Oakland Gallery, SFSolo
2013Art 13 FairLazarides. London, UKGroup
2013The Outsiders.Newcastle, UKGroup
2012Scope FairArt Basel Switzerland.Group
2012Twenty Four in San FranciscoSandra Lee Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2012Dirty LaundryThinkspace Gallery. Culver City, UKGroup
2012Twin PeaksCopro. Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012Random Acts of TimeOCCCA. Orange County, CAGroup
2012The Armory Art FairNew York, NY Group
2012Waiting 101Lazarides' Outsiders GallerySolo
2012SCOPE, International Contemporary Art FairBOOTH G08, SwitzerlandGroup
2011White Light Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose's Solo
2011Dark LightJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYSolo
2011Intentional AbstractionsOutsiders GallerySolo
2010Oakland AnticipationsSandra Lee Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2010The Waiting RoomThinkspace Art Gallery, USASolo