Matthew Brannon

American, b. 1971

Greenwich Village 1965, 2012, acrylic and enamel on canvas and linen, 48 x 42 inches


Matthew Brannon is best known for his letterpress and screen prints of incongruous combinations of images and text. His work exudes a subtle, stripped-down aesthetic, evoking mass production and marketing design. In keeping with his thematic interest in pathology and personal struggle. Brannon’s pictorial simplicity, often executed in few colors and with meticulous attention to symmetry and balance.

The imagery and objects rendered allude to the mass consumerism that rapidly developed the ‘40s and ‘50s)in a resounding response to pop cultural idioms provided by television, film, advertisements, and literature. In much of the work there is a playful duality. One of Brannon’s desires is to destabilize perception and allow for multiple interpretations within non-linear compositions of diverging pictorial and temporal elements. The artist is quoted as saying:

“I’m very conscious of their traditional qualities. When I began my career, it occurred to me that most artists make conservative versions of radical art. So I decided that one of my goals would be to make radical versions of conservative art. I hope this somehow applies to the paintings.”