BRANDON FINAMORE: "STILL LIFE"


About The Artist
A visual culmination between biology and art, Brandon Finamore's work represents his personal fascination with specimens found in the back storage of major natural history collections. His art works in tandem with the vision statement of many biological institutions and aims at showcasing the biodiversity of life on our planet, with particular respect to Ornithology - the branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. Brandon's current body of work, "Still Life", pays tribute to the individual specimens which make up these vast assemblages. Many of the birds depicted are specimens which were collected prior to the turn of the 20th century, and still remain in near perfect condition. The project aims at recreating a similar aura of life and individuality amongst these birds and sets out to capture the moment of awe that he experienced among the collections. The choice to include the specimen tag on each bird instills this principle of identity and serves as a tribute of respect and admiration for these subjects.

Brandon paints these specimens with the mindset of a scientist - recreating each bird as accurately as possible. Through the careful process of painting, these deceased specimens become visually reanimated and infused with a new sense of life - challenging the way in which our culture depicts death. Additionally, "Still Life" places an emphasis on the juxtaposition between the scientific community’s inherent desire to acquire these treasures for use in preserving and understanding living species on our planet.

Opening Reception

May 1st, 2015
6:00pm-10:00pm
Artists will be in attendance