Phenomenally detailed oil paintings of foggy and mystical landscapes by Asheville, North Carolina-based artist, Brian Mashburn. Brian received his BFA in Painging and Drawing from UNC at Chapel HIll in 2002. After spending time in Hong Kong, Thailand, and China, the endless tides of skyscrapers and citizenry left an indelible imprint on his work. Inspired by the foggy mountains of Appalachia and the heavy, opaque smogs that descend upon Hong Kong, the paintings depict scenes in which the natural world exists alongside traces of human development. “In the end, they both produce a polluted, drab landscape”, Mashburn describes the inspiration of his work.
Brian Mashburn depicts hyper-realistically rendered wildlife in his foregrounds, often posited in stark contrast to the vaporous looseness of the distances. Whether an owl, buffalo, dog, or elephant, the individual isolation of the creature, its contextual disjointedness, and abrupt displacement, when found in the midst of this caliginous world, is jarring and ominous, particularly when set against the traces of human development which are all too apparent in the beyond.