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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Swerving Away From The Middle

One of the perks of having a long term relationship with a client is that, after a doing a few shoots over the years, a certain amount of trust is built up and you can break away from the usual approach and experiment.

Scott Amendola is a composer and drummer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is in the enviable position not having to live in New York or LA to have a national audience. For the latest round of publicity photos I made sure to get the basic portrait but I also loosened up and photographed details, movement, and out of focus. Some of the non-portrait images proved to be useful on the intro page of his website and email announcements.

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

A 20 Year Old Code


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I just saw a news item about Jim Sanborn. 20 years ago the CIA asked artists to submit proposals for artwork to be installed in the New Headquarters Building. His sculpture has a secret code text cut in four copper panels. To this day the whole thing has not been decoded. NPR reported that Mr. Sanborn is submitting a clue to help those hoping to crack the code.

Link to NPR story is here

One of my first assignments was to photograph Mr. Sanborn with one of his pieces at The Phillips Collection. When I was going through my archive I discovered it in my very first portfolio!