Brian Despain Art


Group Show at Roq La Rue in February

December 21, 2007

I'll be showing a new painting at the "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" group show at Roq La Rue gallery come February. The line up for this show is pretty hot, with all the artists painting images containing, or all about animals of numerous type. Furthermore I, and a number of the other artists will be in attendance at the show opening, Friday, February 8th, from 6-9 pm so feel free to stop on by.

For those of you interested in purchasing art, either mine or one of the other attending artists, please contact Kirsten Anderson at to be put on the gallery's preview list.

From the gallery:

Roq la Rue is pleased to present a huge group show entitled “A Cabinet Of Natural Curiosities”. We asked our artists to create works relating to animals. The mysterious links we have with animals are integral part of our psychological make up. As humans we treasure them, fetishize them, turn them into symbols, anthropomorphize them, and at the same time inflict terrible cruelty upon them. We allow horrific injustices in slaughterhouses to occur and decimate their habitats, yet offer our children stuffed animals for comfort and have whole stores devoted to pampering your pet. The way we relate to the other creatures living on the planet relates directly to the way we view ourselves. This show, while leaning more towards the fanciful rather than the political, offers up a wunderkammer like display of creatures, while addressing many of the issues raised above.

Artists include: Femke Hiemstra, Travis Louie, Brian Despain, Amy Sol, Lisa Petrucci, Chris Ryniak, Chet Zar, Kozydan, Junko Mizumo, Liz McGrath, Kukula, Laura Plansker, Mark Frauenfelder, Christian Vanminnen, Mark Gleason, Nathan Ota, Catalina Estrada, Sarah Joncas, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, John Brophy, Anthony Pontius, Jeremy Bennet, Jim Woodring, Heiko Muller, Javier S. Ortega