Brett Amory, painter

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Brett Amory, getting work ready for his show at Fort Wayne Museum of Art

October 21, 2016

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STS / Enablers – Joe and Kevin, Episode 1

In this series of So To Speak we focus on the guitarists in the band Enablers (there is no “The”),
Joe Goldring and Kevin Thomson

Enablers are a spoken word rock band that started in San Francisco in 2002. Known for its distinctive character with prose and poetry written and performed by Pete Simonelli, guitar interplay between Goldring and Thomson, and a heavy yet meticulous backbeat provided by Doug Scharin,

In this episode they talk about the particulars of a creative relationship set in motion when
they met over 20 years ago.

For more info about Kevin and Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 5

I asked Kevin Thomson, a guitarist in the band Enablers, to improvise a piece of music based on one of Brett Amory’s paintings.

Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info about Brett, go to brettamory.com

For more info about Kevin and Enablers, go to enablers.bandcamp.com/​

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 4


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In this episode he talk about the characters in his paintings.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 3


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In this episode he discusses sense of place.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 2


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In this episode, Brett talks about what he did to move forward in his career.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com

So To Speak – Brett Amory, Episode 1


Brett Amory is a painter working out of West Oakland. After growing up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, he moved to San Francisco to study art. In 2009 he hit his stride when his “Waiting” series caught attention with its depiction of ambiguous urban spaces, occupied by a lone character.

In the initial phase of his series, structures and people were layed out on a field of white. In this episode he talks about using a black backdrop that not only suggests nighttime but can evoke feelings of isolation and sympathy.

His first New York solo show, titled “Dark Light”, opens June 30th at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

For more info go to brettamory.com