21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2014 | Brian Jillson


Brian Jillson, Champlain Marsh, oil, 18 x 24.

Brian Jillson, Champlain Marsh, oil, 18 x 24.

Art Education: Bachelor of fine arts degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Style: I place a strong emphasis on traditional techniques. My style would be described as traditional realism.

Creative Spark: I find a lot of my inspiration from hiking trips that I have taken in Northern California and in New England. I love finding scenes in nature that have subtle color nuances that create depth and mood. Lately I have been increasingly inspired by New England farms, and I plan on doing many plein-air pieces. When I do a figurative piece, I am usually inspired by hands. There are so many expressions and emotions that can be communicated through them.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Two of my all-time favorite artists are Vincent Desiderio and David Curtis. They have very different subject matter and color palettes. I value the refined quality in Vincent’s paintings. There is a refinement in not only detail but in the mood of the piece that appears to be very raw. David’s paintings are so enchanting. His color harmony and the way he applies paint are what draw me to his work. He is able to make quick decisions and thick, bold brush strokes. These qualities motivate me to push these elements in my work.

Future Goals: To earn my master’s degree in fine art so that I can teach at a university and help others enjoy and develop their craft.

Price Range: $300 to $5,000.

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