Las continuas guerras, la corrupción política y los problemas medioambientales son vistos por Mark Bryan de manera seductora a pesar de su naturaleza inicialmente perturbadora. Mayormente conocido por su arte político contra la administración Bush, en la obra de Bryan, a primera vista surrealista y caprichosamente divertida, subyace un simbolismo en el que el pintor se preocupa por los tiempos modernos y la naturaleza humana en general...
|SHIP of STATE (the getaway). The one Percent solution|
|SHIP of STATE (the getaway). (detail). The Party|
|SHIP of STATE (the getaway). (detail). Unsinkable?|
|SHIP of STATE (the getaway). (detail). Women and Children last|
|The Mad Tea Party|
|The Mad Tea Party Part D'uh|
|The republic of suicide|
|The republic of amnesia|
|Devils due meltdown at diablo canyon|
|Fiddling with swords|
|The course of empire|
|The First 1000|
|The Puppet Show|
|General Monkey Brains|
|General Death Head|
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Born in Southern California during the ‘50s, Bryan soaked up the pop culture and angst of that era. Cheesy Horror, Sci-fi movies and the constant threat of death by atomic war took its toll on a sensitive mind. As the ‘60s arrived, Bryan immersed himself in the anti war, psychedelic and spiritual movements of the day. The Vietnam War contributed greatly to further political awareness and paranoia. In the Seventies while attending Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles (where he graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in 1974), Bryan took up with the early founders of the Chicano Art movement (Los Four). They introduced him to the Mexican Muralists’ work of the early 20th century and the value of their tradition of accessible work with social/political content. All these influences are manifested in his work today.
Although most known for his political work savaging the Bush administration, Bryan directs many of his efforts inward, producing work from the imagination . At first impression this surreal and whimsical work seems just for fun but usually contains underlying symbolic comment about life in these times and human nature in general. The continuing wars, political hijinks and the environmental emergency provide a never ending supply of material to work with. In spite of the disturbing nature of his topics, Bryan always manages to portray them in a humorous and seductive fashion.
Bryan has exhibited his work throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. His work appears on numerous satirical and political web sites across the US and internationally. It has also been featured as illustration and cover art for publications, including Juxtapoz and Adbusters magazines.