Brett Amory

Brett Amory was born in 1975 in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has lived in the Bay Area of California for the past 15 years, living in San Francisco for 15 years before relocating to Oakland in 2009, where he is currently based. Over the past few years, he’s had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, New York and San Jose.

Amory began the Waiting series in 2001 with paintings depicting commuter subjects seemingly detached from their fellow passengers and surrounding environments, inspired by the introverted culture of public transit and his fellow inhabitants from the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Figures and places in Amory’s work are based on photographs the artist has taken of ordinary city architecture and random people who he sees on a daily basis but never speaks to.

He feels especially drawn to individuals who look lost, lonely or awkward—those who don’t appear to fit in socially. As the title suggests, the Waiting series is about how we rarely experience living in the now, always awaiting what will come next or obsessed with what has already transpired. In our age of distraction, being in the present is difficult to achieve outside of meditation practice, it requires heightened cognitive awareness and clear mental space, often prevented by constant internal dialogue, preoccupation with memories of the past and/or concern for the future. Amory’s work attempts to visually represent this concept of disconnection and anticipation, conveying the idea of transient temporality that exists in most moments of our daily lives.

Brett Amory has exhibited at Singular Gallery (Croatia), Lazarides (London), Jonathan Levine (NYC) and is represented in San Francisco by Hashimoto Contemporary. In 2014, Amory was a participant in the Symposium International, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec.

To keep updated on new works, or to inquire on the possibility of a commission, please email us at info@hashimotocontemporary.com.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Ft. Wayne Museum, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Lazarides Gallery, London

2015
Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
San Francisco Art Fair, Hashimoto Contemporary, SF, CA

2014
Art Basel Miami, Context, Jonathan Levine Gallery, Miami, FL
Anonymous #7, Singular Gallery, Pula, Croatia
Twenty Four in London, Lazarides Gallery, London

2013
Twenty Four in New York, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY

2012
Twenty Four in San Francisco, Sandra Lee Gallery, SF, CA
Waiting 101, Lazarides, Newcastle, UK

2011
White Light, Anno Domini, San Jose, CA
Dark Light, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Intentional Abstractions, Lazarides Outsiders, London

2010
Suburban Anticipations, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Waiting Room, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, LA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
LA Art Municipal Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2014
Symposium International, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
LAX/TXL, Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany
Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Juxtapoz Anniversary, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
San Francisco Art Fair, Hashimoto Contemporary, SF, CA
Silicon Valley Art Fair, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013
Art Basel Miami, Scope, Hashimoto Contemporary, Miami, FL
Art Basel Miami, Scope, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, FL
San Francisco Art Fair, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fresh Paint, Lazarides, London, UK
Art 13 Fair, Lazarides, London, UK

2012
Art Basel Switzerland, Jonathan Levine Gallery, Scope Fair
Twin Peaks, Copro, Santa Monica, CA
Random Acts of Time, OCCCA, Orange County, CA
The Armory, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

2011
Art Basel Miami, Scope, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, FL
San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2010
San Francisco Art Fair, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Space Odyssey, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles Art Show, Sandra Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Art Basel Miami, ThinkSpace, Miami, FL
Beyond Eden Art Fair, Thinkspace, Los Angeles, CA
Pop Noir, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2008
Ed, Barry, and Brett, Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
Annual Art Auction, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2008
Archives Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007
Painters of New York and California, Elder Art Charlotte, NC
Annual Art Auction, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2006
Annual Art Auction, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2005
Book signing at MOMA, San Francisco, CA
Book signing at MOCA bookstore, Santa Monica, CA
Streets of Chaos, White Walls, San Francisco, CA
Emerging Artist, Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Convergence Book Release, NYC Showroom, Manhattan, NY

2004
Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA
Landscapes, Elder Art Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2003
Cityscapes, Elder Art, Charlotte, NC

AWARDS AND JURIED SHOWS

2014
Distinguished Alumni Award, Academy of Arts University

2012
Goldie Award, San Francisco Guardian
Nominated for SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art)

2010
1st Place, New Beginnings, Blue Canvas Magazine
Nominated for SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) SFMOMA

2009
First Place, Art Interview International Competition

2005
Best Small Painting, Academy of Arts University, SF CA
3rd Place Mixed Media, Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA

2004
Student Choice, Academy of Arts, and San Francisco, CA
2nd Place Landscape, Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA
Big Bang juried art show, Academy of Arts, San Francisco, CA
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA

2003
Annual Spring Show, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED BIBLOGRAPHIES

Complete Works of Brett Amory Monograph, 2015
HUCK Magazine, 2014
Juxtapoz No. 157, 2014
California Home & Design, 2014
Professional Artist, 2013
Harpers Magazine, 2012
Guardian, 2012
Juxtapoz No. 139, 2012
HUGE No.94, 2012
Bluecanvas No.13, 2012
New American Paintings No.97, 2011
Hi Fructose Vol.20, 2011
Remember Paper Issue 3, 211
Juxtapoz No. 113, 2010
Juxtapoz No. 114, 2010
Blucanvas No.5, 2010
Empty Issue 17, 2009
Refused Issue 7, 2009
SF Weekly Vol.29, 2010
East Bay Express, 2010
Rooms Art Uncovered Issue 2, 2010
Brick, 2010
Onoffice Magazine Issue 35, 2010
Faesthetic Magazine No 12, 2009

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec

EDUCATIONS

BA in Fine Art from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA

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