Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald

San Francisco, CA, United States

About Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald is a mixed media collage artist who lives and works in the mission district of San Francisco. His work can be found in numerous private collections across the US, Canada, and Europe.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
My artwork is driven by a need to make sense of the world around me, which I see as fragmented, contradictory, and anxious. I seek to capture the cartoonishness that runs through American society wherein the individual is not only bombarded by an excess of information, choice, and rampant consumerism, but is also in a constant state of wanting more. Flotsam from this perpetual cycle of consumer pop culture is woven into my paintings, embedding the figures in an intricate web that suggests the non-stop movement of the mind, as well as the depth, complexity, and interconnectedness of life.
Music, cartoons, and dreams are a big influence on my work. I am fascinated with their spatial, temporal and structural components, which I see as analogous to contemporary consciousness. I work primarily with layers of paint and collage that are woven together to create a dense network of relationships ripe with narrative possibilities. By using disparate and often ambiguous imagery, the flow of ideas is disrupted, meaning is subverted, and logic is obfuscated. My work becomes infused with an elusive visual poetry that seeks to inspire viewers to make their own connections based on personal associations.

Education

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
University of Venice, Italy
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Exhibitions

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions:
2019:
Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2018:
Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2016:
A Dolt Education, Fayes, San Francisco, CA
Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2014:
Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
Scope NY, Reaves Gallery, New York, NY
2012:
Roscoe Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009:
Blackbird, San Francisco, CA
2008:
Clowns In My Coffee, Reaves Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006:
Beautiful Nuisance, Magnet, San Francisco, CA
2005:
National Product, San Francisco, CA
2004:
Bri-Candy, Glama-rama!, San Francisco, CA
2003:
Capobianco Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Hotel Biron, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions:
2021:
Picture Show, Modern Eden, San Francisco, CA
2020:
tiny/HUGE, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The de Young Open, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Urban/Rural, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2019:
HUGE, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Alphabet Soup, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Collector's Choice, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2018:
The Elephant In The Room, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2017:
Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
City Streets, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Night Light, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mischief, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Of Painting and Color, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2016:
Text & Tattoos, Fleetwood SF, San Francisco, CA
City Streets 94110, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Aqua Miami, Zia Gallery, Miami, FL
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015:
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
End Of Year Exhibition, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
Delicious, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014:
Group Hug, The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
End Of Year Exhibition, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL
2013:
Roscoe Gallery, Oakland, CA
2012:
Retrofit, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010:
Artists Destroying Stereotypes, Evolve The Gallery, Sacramento, CA
With Six You Get Egg Roll, Reaves Gallery, New York, NY
Four Squared, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
ArtSpan Selections 2010, Californian Modern Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009:
Reaves Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008:
If These Walls Could Talk, Reaves Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Hare And The Hounds, Blue Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006:
Bedtime Stories, LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Birds And The Bees, Primary Space Gallery, Detroit, MI
Partially Told Stories, Space 743, San Francisco, CA
2005:
Wish You Were Here, Primary Space Gallery, Detroit, MI
The Edge Of Non-Conformity, Inferno Gallery, Oakland, CA
TagArt Gallery, Nashville, TN
2003:
Revisited Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Board Show, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
Capobianco Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002:
Decked Out, Culture Cache, San Francisco, CA