I'm a painter, born and raised in New Orleans. My work focuses on New Orleans culture, random but beautiful moments and my, and sometimes other's, philosophy. Most of my work is predominantly in acrylics and charcoal. I strive to inspire, invoke thoughts, bring awareness to certain matters, and celebrate the youth and the culture of New Orleans. Having an early inspiration of being an artist from my dad, I have recently changed my signature to Browno as a way to pay homage to my father. This is a signature my dad used in a few paintings dating back to 1993.
Artist + Bryan BrownArt by Bryan Brown
Describe your art in three words.
past, present, future
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
Being from New Orleans, I enjoy knowing that I am a part of the culture. Knowing people who are directly involved with the culture of the city makes me happy to create these things that they do to celebrate. People inspire 80% of my work. I love to understand why people think the way they do and the way they create things, the way we get out of problematic situations. Children are my biggest inspiration. We are responsible for the way they are taught for a huge part of life. That education can shape the way they think or the way they become involved with other influential people or things.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I do a smoke ritual before and throughout every piece of work. ;-)
Where do you draw inspiration?
Most of my inspiration come from those who can teach me, whether that be an older person or just a more experienced person. My peers and I often bounce ideas off of each other and grow from there. I like to work with younger people and find new ways to teach and influence them through art. I am also constantly looking at other works of art, interviews, documentaries, and music to find new sources of information.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
First off would be Terrance Osborne and Marcus Akinlana from the NOLA scene. Then there's Kadir Nelson, Kehendi Wiley.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I'm a huge J.Cole fan because I relate to his messages and stories he raps. But I hear lyrics in a bunch of music genres that relate to my journey. We are all the same when it boils down past our skin, environment, religion, etc. .
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
The plan is to not be found, but I do visit The Tipping Point with DJ RQ Away sometimes, to vibe with my peers. Other than that I'm either with my family or randomly placed throughout the city at various events and places.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I'm pretty open to all times of the day. As long as I'm healthy and breathing, and my family is doing the same, I'm okay. I am happiest when I am spending time with my son, or when I sell a piece of art.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. I was a hip hop producer before Hurricane Katrina and often dream about making and writing music.
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