WHO AM I?
I am a multi-medium, multi-discipline artist based in Los Angeles. Translating into drawing, painting and design, my experiences in the world, and with people, are what inform my art most. Whatever the project or medium, I am first and foremost an image-maker, but I am just as much a storyteller.
While I was awarded my BFA from Parsons School of Design, my most impactful memories of art are at the dinner table, learning to draw with my grandfather, William Brice. A mid-century painter, and professor of Art at UCLA, he showed me both a playful and a passionate curiosity toward any form of creative expression. He gave me the encouragement and freedom to investigate everything from Byzantine mosaics, to German expressionism, super heroes and Japanese Anime to Durer and Da Vinci with an equal sense of relevance, and respect towards their pioneering of technique and imagination. My grandfather was the person who showed me how to look, and try to see everything.
My most personal work aims to shed light on the human condition in biographical portraits that challenge me to find a deep empathy with my subject – to bring the viewer skin-close to another’s grace and demons, with a frank, sometimes brutal, accounting, but one free of any moral judgment. Confronting and accepting individuals in their most naked, honest moments, I believe, helps us glean a window into ourselves, and better face our own shortcomings.
As compelling as individual pathos can be, I also like to zoom out and take a bird’s eye view on culture, history, technology, and our human urges. Through the juxtaposition and re-appropriation of these entrenched symbols, I try to tell new, broader narratives about who we are as a people, and where we might be heading: Throw Christian allegory and Michio Kaku’s theory on advanced robotics together with Jung’s archetype of the Anima and the womb into a pot, stir, and the marrows that clump together form new meanings for us.
Whether in my own fine art, or commercial work, I’m always trying to find commonalities in people, and trace deeper connections through the unfolding course of human history. I try to bear witness to my time and place and to my own individual experiences, and through that deep observation I learned at the dinner table, report back. It might be straightforward, it might be wrapped in myth, but I’m always telling you what I’ve seen.