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Brian Kershisnik is the most uncommon of artists. In a culture that applauds the new, the shocking and the transient, Kershisnik focuses his rare talent and wry humor on the familiar experience of being human; painting people metaphorically and movingly in the quiet moments of their lives.
He seems to know instinctively: all that is important in human life involves risk. On almost every canvas there is motion; there is connection; there is risk. Sweetness and bitterness, he once told me, awkwardness and tentative grace.
A great many people live with Kershisnik paintings, and yet these images might come with a warning label. These pictures are not to be matched to the sofa or to the bedspread, nor to be passed by without pausing. They should be shunned by lovers of pastel cupids and sunset watercolors. They are not, as a mountain is not, pretty, and yet they are, as a mountain is, beautiful. They are bold, comic, tender, longing, riddled with transience of time in the midst of fullness. Something like life.
Jacquelyn Mitchard Kershisnik, Paintings From Life.
Brian Kershisnik lives in Utah with his wife Suzanne, their three children and their dogs.
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