Ed Brandt


Originally from Chicago, Ed Brandt received his BA at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, with concentrations in painting and graphic design. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in painting and drawing at The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Upon receiving his BA in 1994 he began a career as a graphic designer, founding his own design company five years later, where he served clients from various industries nationwide. Combining passions for the visual arts and technology, he now shares what he has learned with others through education, teaching a variety of art, design, and technical courses at UNM. For over a decade he has participated in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions.

Artist Statement

When first observing my art, viewers are confronted with a simple aesthetic; direct and uncomplicated, composed of understated colors, lines, and geometry. These outward characteristics recall reductive geometric Modernist paintings, direct and formal in appearance. However, upon closer inspection of my work, surface qualities challenge this initial response and elicit questions of materiality, textural subtleties, and a patina that displays characteristics of sculpture and collage.

This balance of directness and intricacy form an explorative dialogue, one in which a viewer is engaged by the whole of the work and then drawn in through discovery. Employing abstracted references, my work shapes questions of time, place, and object. It is not a direct narrative, rather, it is one that speaks beyond immediate concerns. Because I prefer a quieter engagement, it allows viewers to acquaint themselves through visual discovery of intimate qualities that form questions of curiosity.

The visceral response of the viewer echoes emotive reactions that I experience when defining inspiration. My art is a reflection of the built environment and a nostalgic reference to landscapes; not in a pictorial sense, but rather in a recontextualized memory of places I have inhabited. Within my work I balance formal concerns while seeking out the sublime in the ordinary, objects overlooked, too mundane to be of importance. Through these observations I discover aesthetic values that are reflected in the content of my work. I invite viewers to appreciate compositions that engage in deeper inquiry and contemplation through personal discourse.

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Curriculum Vitae

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