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Spring/Summer 2014 Competition:


1st Place Winner

Medium:  Oil, latex, graphite, dye, ink, Swarovski crystals, polyurethane

Size: 60 x 78 in                         
Price:  $3500 usd

artist statement

As the years progress, I see more clearly that my work is always building.  Every piece is an education and I know a work is successful on some level if I learned something while creating it.  The techniques or subtle variations then feed the next works, which have evolved into a combination of dystopian futures and those feelings that come and go so fervently.  That first cold air of fall that sparks a sensation of every fall before, a melancholia that’s inviting. 

With this piece I stripped down my collection of techniques and then re-assembled them together in one piece, clashing and bouncing but still standing as a whole.  This work was a personal subversion as well as a challenge, culminating in a piece that sits outside of the expected.

artist bio

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, after receiving his BFA in Painting from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi Brandon Moon continued his studies in the graduate painting program at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Although he trained and has worked in several art forms, from fibers to ceramics, his focus has always gravitated toward painting.  His body of work reflects this.  Brandon says he creates because he need to.  He emphasizes the detailed and controlled abstract elements in his work while balancing this with realistic pictorial endeavors to continually challenge his own ideas.  This provides the propulsion to continue creating art.

His work can be seen at the Highline Loft Gallery as part of the upcoming International Art Festival in Chelsea, New York City as well as on Art Bomb New York in October 2014.


Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA, Masters Program, Painting
Fall 2003-Spring 2005
Delta State University, Cleveland, MS, BFA, Painting Spring 2000-Spring 2003
Hinds Community College, Raymond, MS, AA, Fine Arts Fall 1997-Spring 1999

Domingo Zapata Studios, Manhattan, NY August 2013-Present
Studio Assistant; Painting, Drawing, Assembly, Installation, & Delivery
Self-employed Artist 2000-Present

Educated oil painter with knowledge of acrylics, watercolor, graphite, fibers, and ceramics.
Knowledgeable in construction of assemblage and sculptural pieces consisting of wood and fabrics.

Recent Shows
Locals Gallery, Cleveland, MS 2013-14
German Village Art Crawl, Columbus, OH 2012
Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH 2012
German Village Art Crawl, Columbus, OH 2011
The Warehouse, Cleveland, MS, 2010
German Village Art Crawl, Columbus, OH, 2010

Brandon Moon

brandon moon
Jersey City, New Jersey [USA]

art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?
A: I see myself scrambling at the walls of the art scene, though I am not alone.  There are many of us here, creating instinctively without a distinct end in sight.  I spent quite a few years as a nomad and after moving to the New York City area recently am focusing purely on my art.  So perhaps those walls are becoming smaller.
Q: What is in your inspiration?
A:I look for inspiration in the patterns of the surrounding landscape, be it urban or natural. I find myself contradicting what I see by inserting unnatural colors to reflect the ominous darkness underlying my views of the decaying earth.  By being true to myself I have found that my work reflects this, organic swathes of color and a sense of natural inspiration and, in some cases, with heavily textured bases to build a tactile vision based on this reflection.
Q: What are your challenges?
A: My most looming challenge is the openness of my artistic process.  I almost never have a finite conclusion to a piece, which makes focusing on the final piece difficult, if not completely elusive.  This lack of direction, however, feeds the impulsive sparks that lead me on any number of paths as I work.
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A: I worked with graphite for most of my formative years, only exploring oil as I was finishing high school.  There is something about oil that is extremely satisfying to work with.  The smell, the feel, the way it moves with you, completely uninhibited in your manipulation.  Almost like being a child playing in the mud again.
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A: The wonderful Paul Klee.  The thought he put behind the color psychology and the necessity to create beauty thrilled me years ago and still does today.  His work speaks volumes as do his words, “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”

 other work by the artist



OFF THE GRID Exhibition