“Hebru Brantley creates narrative-driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters which are utilized to address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power, and hope. The color palettes, pop-art motifs, and characters themselves create accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted beliefs. Majorly influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic, watercolor and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea. Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist and his work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze.”(from the artist’s website)
Date Acquired: August 13, 2020
Location Acquired: Binny’s Beverage
Size: 750 mL
Edition: Limited but I have to see what that number actually is
Personal Connection: None. I’m a fan of Hebru’s work, but unfortunately it’s out of my price range at the moment. When I saw these, it seemed like a relatively cheap way of getting something associated with him. I have no idea what the “limited edition” is limited to, but I already see sites offering the bottles at a higher price than I paid, so there’s that.
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