Monday, August 26, 2013

Katonah Musem: Collage Art of Bryan Collier

Son of Promise, Child of Hope
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger

Artist Bryan Collier presents portraits celebrating the lives of historical figures including Barack Obama and Booker T. Washington. His watercolor and collage images turn common-day experiences into memorable visual journeys. Collier is an award-winning author and illustrator, writing and creating for children of all ages. His heart resides in Harlem where he volunteers at the Harlem Horizon and Harlem Hospital Center.

Girl by Bryan Collier
Collier's artistic passions and abilities were harvested from a very young age. Even though he was the youngest of six children, he himself used to read picture books and paint the world around him. In 1985, he won first place in a Congressional Competition and his art was displayed in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. He attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a bachelor degree in fine arts. Collier reaches out to younger generations and is involved with the world around him.

Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Bryan Collier
Collage Art of Bryan Collier exhibition (June 30th to October 13th, 2013 ath the Katonah Museum), astounds with its level of intensity and emotion Collier. For example, Son of Promise, Child of Hope is a mixed media artwork that incorporates both watercolor and collage and illustrates President Barack Obama kneeling at his father's grave. This portrait alludes to so many of the tragic events that have taken place during Obama's presidency. Collier perfectly captures that sense of sorrow, pain, and heartfelt suffering that so many of us can relate to. Though Obama's suffering and loss can be felt from a distance, the solitary butterfly nesting on his knuckles represents transformation, a new chapter, a new beginning.

When he is not working in his studio, Collier often travels far distances to visit schools around the country. On September 22, Collier is making an appearance at the Katonah Museum to reveal his artistic process. In addition, you will have the opportunity to create your own collage portrait that will hang in the Project Gallery during the fall portrait exhibition.

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.
More information about Bryan Collier's visit on September 22, 2013, can be found on the Katonah Museum's website.

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