painting, murals

Hebru Brantley

United States 1981

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Sculpture, Murals

Hebru Brantley
Hebru Brantley
United States
January 28, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Hebru Brantley, a Bronzeville-native living and working in Chicago, explores personal and cultural memory in his art. Born in 1981, Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University, and has a background in design and media illustration.

Taking themes from his 1980’s upbringing, Brantley uses a creative process akin to free-form journaling, using a variety of surfaces and media including wood, spray paint, coffee and tea. His work delves into political and social issues with a conscious focus on playful insight and the optimism and possibilities of youth.

Brantley draws influence from an array of pop culture icons, comic book heroes, Japanese anime and the bold aesthetics of street art pioneers Jean Michel Basquiat, Kaws and Keith Haring. Brantley’s recent focus is to share energetic narratives, moments of reality from his life and the lives of his peers, mixed with fantastical fiction, to create a fragmented environment of make believe. Spray paint is often at the forefront of these mixed-media illustrations, working in part to de-contextualize the levity of cartoon imagery, and bring a critical edge into the white cube. From this, Brantley has developed his own unique style and identifies as an Afro-Futurist.

Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows in Chicago, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, among others. He was the winner of the Redbull Curates Chicago contest, and exhibited at Scope art fair in December 2012. Brantley has been commissioned by Skyy Vodka, Nike and Tyra Banks. He created the Lollapalooza poster for the 25th anniversary of the festival in 2011, and is exhibited regularly by Tim Yarger Gallery in Beverly Hills.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2012Trapped in What I Made BelieveKasia Kay Project Space, Chicagosolo
2012Visions of Our 44th PresidentCharles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroitgroup
2012Street Images: The City Speaks Through ArtTrinity United Church of Christ, Chicagogroup
2012Brothers of the Robbing HoodThe Ultra Gallery, Lacuna Artist Loft, Chicago solo
2011Afro-Futurism: Impossible ViewZhou B. Gallery, Chicagosolo
2011Group ShowFM Gallery, Chicagogroup
2011Yesterday’s LosersLacuna Artist Lofts, Chicagosolo
2010Lions Disquised as LambsPunctuation Gallery, Seattlesolo
2010National Wet PaintZhou Brothers Gallery, Chicagogroup
2010Whup yo KidsSilver Room Gallery, Chicagosolo
2010Wait A Cotton Pick’n MinuteLyons Wier Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2010Common GroundElephant Room Gallery, Chicagogroup
2009Fade ResistantThree Peas Art Lounge, Chicagosolo
2008A Place to Lay my HeadArtistic Genius, Chicagosolo
2008PhaseUniversity of Chicago, Little Black Pearl Workshop, Chicagosolo
20084 Ward Mural Exhibition (Lead Muralist)QCDC, Chicagosolo
2008Art, Beats and LyricsAtlantagroup
2008Back TalkGrid Gallery, Chicagosolo
2008Young Bloods32nd & Urban, Chicagogroup
2008Beyond the imagination4Art Inc., Chicagogroup
2007NevermoreLeaders 1354, Chicagosolo
2007Scion Group ShowHeaven Gallery, Chicagogroup
2007Next Black MastersHennessey Collection, New Yorksolo
2006Water BabiesListenbee Collection, Chicagosolo
2006Gravity is Too ExpensiveMoka Gallery, Chicagogroup
2005Arts, Beats, and Lyrics 2High Museum, Atlantagroup
2005Scion Art Installation Ricky PowellD’jango’s, Atlantagroup
2004Art, Beats, and Lyrics 1The Five Spot, Atlantagroup