"Sittin' in the morning sun, I'll be sittin' when the evening comes. Sittin' here resting my bones, and this loneliness won't leave me alone." Like Otis Redding, Brett Amory left the South and came out West, finding himself pondering, among other things , the big city and its expanse of solitude.
Brett Amory: The Complete Works and Selected Essays, published by Vivant Books, presents, among other works, soul-grabbing studies from his Waiting series, depicting the unique shades of San Francisco, New York City and London, while reflecting on the urban experience of ticking time and endless hours where daytime challenges and taunts, and nighttime harbors and haunts. Like a masterful collection of short stories, each piece awakens an emotion. The captivating paintings invite observation, illuminated by thoughtful essays, which just might invite the reader to stay awhile as the entire portfolio lends a fuller knowledge of life as we learn it. - Gwynn Vitello
Born in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1975, Brett Amory is descended from a long line of visual artists and musicians. He studied at the Academy of Art from which he received a BFA in Fine Art in 2005 and was recipient of two major awards given by the school: The Student Choice Award for 2004 and Second Prize in landscape painting for 2003. He is the recipient of a gold medal from Online Artists Interviews, an international juried art competition (2009). He graduated from the Academy of Arts in 2005. Brett began working on the painting series entitled “Waiting” in 2001. The series depicts the urban individual’s yearning for presence and the seeming impossibility of attaining it. The paintings portray commuters in transit immersed in either a quiet, even hopeful state or, alternately, an anguish of unfulfilled anticipation.