Watcher of the Burning Road
Artist - Brian Truesdale
The primary inspiration for these pieces came from a visit to the southwest during the summer of 2021. I’d never been to that part of the country before and the feeling of awe that came with experiencing the immense landscape was overwhelming. I was enamored with the striated minerals in the rocks, like looking at the endless veins of the earth. I felt compelled to replicate the feeling of these lines by using charcoal and pastel in my paintings, reflecting the different vibrating frequencies and intensity of the rock lines. The sky never felt so blue, and the hues of blue as the sun rose and set brought a feeling of sacred peace. I needed to incorporate the colors of the landscape in some way, such as the ancient red clay and the intense blue and white of the sky. There was also a need to leave areas of the bare canvas and panel exposed, to try and capture the feeling of openness of the landscape. I wanted to convey the feelings I had of yearning to connect with the earth’s energy and taking those feelings with me upon my
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Brian Truesdale first became aware of abstract art as a teenager. Going through books in his high school art classes, the images he saw of Abstract Expressionism were bold and frightening. The sources of passions and nightmares. He was mesmerized, and that fascination led him to take an open studio
abstract painting class at a crucial point in his adult life when he sought to channel his emotions and embrace his identity.
Brian spent several years painting and drawing obsessively, soaking up art books and visiting museums. He’d wander through the gallery spaces, staring deep into the pieces to decipher their secrets until he had to force himself to leave in a daze of wonder and intimidation.
Brian’s education has been informal and largely a process of self-searching, probing his mind and feelings. He’s reached a point of confidence in his work where he feels that it’s his own, though the search has only begun. He’s been fortunate enough to have had eight solo exhibitions in the past six years, and to have his work featured in several group and juried exhibitions throughout the country. Most recently in 2022, Brian was featured in national juried exhibits at the First Street Gallery and Prince Street Gallery in New York City, as well as having a solo exhibit at the Arts Club of Washington in DC. Brian is an emerging artist ready to engage with the larger artistic world.