Oct 15, 2012

The Unsettling Art Of John Brosio

If there's one emotion that John Brosio's work evoked in me, it was a sense of unease and discomfort. The 34 year old artist's body of work consists of dramatic compositions of man vs nature, witnessed by the strangely aloof, uncaring protagonists that inhabit his paintings. According to Brosio, these protagonists are a commentary on how people have become numb to violence, accepted it and come to simply ignore it without any action. As he put it, 'Oh, it's just happening there. Let's just walk around it.'

His work illustrates that all too common coping mechanism for life. We tend to ignore the impending danger that lurks nearby and act as if nothing is happening in order to attempt to stay relatively sane. I can't blame people for doing that, but at the same time there does seem to be something profoundly disturbing about this 'numbing' that has become so prevalent in our society. Brosio's surreal oil painted pieces present a dichotomy of beauty and danger which definitely will get you thinking. Check out more of his excellent work after the break.

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