Duane Reed Gallery presents the striking new work of St. Louis artist Andrew Brandmeyer. Brandmeyer is an emerging artist ascending to worthy attention. While trained in classical painting and drawing, Brandmeyer paints with considered chaos, creating invigorated spaces with sophisticated textures. Recontextualizing traditional landscape and portraiture, Brandmeyer is aggressively sensitive to the character of his subjects, whether they be portraits of his friends or abandoned and degrading cityscapes. In his cityscapes, Brandmeyer embraces the history of St. Louis while conveying the condition of a once-grand city in decline. The surfaces of Brandmeyer’s paintings reflect the quality of the city’s surfaces from decades of peeling paint and fliers, graffiti, faded lettering, and erosion. “The paintings’ formal harmonies, and the seductive, tactile quality of the surfaces themselves, reinforce a message that beauty is defined by a buildup of experience and, ultimately, by survival” (Julia Clift, Huffington Post). His portraits carry through the same surfaced textures, as if each person’s presence is composed of peeling, built-up, and fading qualities.
Andrew Brandmeyer is currently adjunct professor at Maryville University, Fontbonne University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis.