"The Intersection of Light and Darkness"

 

works by
Brian Mains

Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016 | 7 - 11 pm
Exhibition: January 9 - February 7, 2016

Brian-Mains-Beset-Demons

Beset by Demons2010
Acrylic on canvas | 66 x 48 in. | $20,000

 

Gregorio Escalante Gallery presents an exhibition of 9 new paintings and a selection of 15 drawings by Brian Mains. "Intersection of Light and Darkness" is a continuation of the artist’s exploration of the themes of change and transformation as they relate to the human condition and desire for transcendence. In the work Mains creates relationships between the (light) divine or transcendent elements and the (dark) destructive or unsettling ones. 

Brian Mains was born in Binghamton, New York in 1950.  After graduating high school in 1968 he moved to Houston, Texas to attend the University of Houston where he received a BFA in 1973. While in Houston he exhibited his work in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions. In 1981 he moved to Southern California where he has continued to exhibit his work both locally and nationally. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Monrovia, California. During his career he has earned critical acclaim as evidenced below:

“Mains uses the human body as an arena for theatricalizing the otherwise inner experience of spiritual transformation. With deft handling of the acrylic medium, he illuminates the destruction of flesh through wounds, fire and death in order to suggest realms beyond the physical. Their illustration-like clarity and pumped-up vigor make the paintings seem the denouements of mysterious, epic adventures like those of say, Tasso and Spenser. Yet the deeper ambiguities of the works are completely contemporary, hinting at the profound disquiet that lies beneath our culture's rampant superficiality.”
     –Michael Duncan, Art in America (Review)

“With his inner authority, understanding of history, symbolism and allegory, combined with his technical ability… Mains has found a way to create complex, layered and relevant images about the human condition, a difficult task in any age for any artist.”
    –Meg Linton, Juxtapoz (June 2015, number 173)

 

 

 
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The Flood2015
Acrylic on canvas | 48 x 36 in. | $15,000

 

 

Weighing-Of-Souls-Brian-Mains

Weighing of Souls2015
Acrylic on canvas | 76 x 48 in. | $25,000

 

 

Requiem-Brian-Mains

Requiem2013 - 2014
Acrylic on canvas | 66 x 48 in. | $20,000

 

 

Inviolate-Brian-Mains

Inviolate2012
Acrylic on canvas | 78 x 66 in. | $30,000

 

 

Resurrection-Brian-Mains

Resurrection2007 / 2011
Acrylic on canvas | 78 x 66 in. | $30,000

 

 

Concert-Brian-Mains

The Concert2010
Acrylic on canvas | 76 x 48 in. | $25,000

 

 

Dying-Son-Brian-Mains

Dying Son2009
Acrylic on canvas | 36 x 44 in. | $15,000

 

 

Millstone-Portal-Brian-Mains

Millstone Portal2008
Acrylic on canvas | 66 x 48 in. | $20,000

 

 

Flood-Brian-Mains

The Flood2015
Graphite on paper | 11 5/16 x 8 3/16 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Luminous-Bouquet-Brian-Mains

Luminous Bouquet2014
Ground pigment, graphite & watercolor on paper | 12 x 9 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Requiem-Brian-Mains

Requiem2013
Pen & Ink, ink wash on paper | 16 1/2 x 13 in. | $3,000 framed

 

 

Beset-by-Demons-Brian-Mains

Beset by Demons2010
Graphite on paper | 11 1/8  x 8 1/8 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Marriage-Brian-Mains

The Marriage2009
Graphite & acrylic on paper | 12 x 9 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Fountain-Brian-Mains

The Fountain2009
Graphite on paper | 13 x 9 1/2 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Resurrection-Brian-Mains

Resurrection2008
Graphite & acrylic on paper | 13 x 11 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Weighing-of-Souls-Brian-Mains

Weighing of Souls2008
Graphite & acrylic on paper | 13 x 8 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Dying-Son-Brian-Mains

Dying Son2007
Graphite on paper | 9 x 12 in. | $2.400 framed

 

 

Inviolate-Brian-Mains

Inviolate2005
Silverpoint on prepared paper | 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Wall-Woman-Brian-Mains

The Wall (Woman)1995
Pastel & pencil on paper | 12 x 9 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Bound-Figure-Brian-Mains

Bound Figure1995
Pastel & pencil on paper | 9 x 12 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Chalice-Brian-Mains

The Chalice1995
Pastel & pencil on paper | 9 x 12 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Tree-of-Life-Brian-Mains

Tree of Life1995
Pastel & pencil on paper | 12 x 9 in. | $2,400 framed

 

 

Cloud-Brian-Mains

The Cloud1995
Pastel & pencil on paper | 12 x 9 in. | $2,400 framed