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brian cirmo


(2015, oil on canvas, 18" x 16")


(2015, oil on canvas, 18" x 18")

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(2015, oil on canvas, 15" x 20")

("I have spent the past two decades traveling throughout the country visiting museums, large cities, small towns, national parks, civil war battlefields, assassination sites, graveyards, and national monuments. I am a lifelong student of the vast profundity of American music as well as a glutton for American history, literature, western painting, film, comic strips, and cartoons; all of which have consumed my nights and days. These interests and practices are synthesized into my painting process.

Ben Shahn, the artist, lecturer, and author of The Shape of Content writes, 'Form in Art is as varied as Idea itself. It is the visible shape of all man's growth; it is the living picture of his tribe at its most primitive, and of his civilization at its most sophisticated state. Form is the many faces of the legend-bardic, epic, sculptural, pictorial, architectural; it is the infinite images of religion; it is the expression and the remnant of self. Form is the very shape of content.'

My newest body of work titled Patterns, Cycles, and Change explores and encapsulates themes of high and low culture, life and death, shape and content, love and hate, evolution and creationism, comedy and tragedy, mark and expression, and fame and anonymity.")

Brian Cirmo earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the State University of New York at Albany. While completing his graduate study, Cirmo was awarded a Graduate Teacher Assistantship, a GSO research grant, and the Distinguished Master of Fine Arts award. He has had multiple solo exhibitions including shows at the Burrell Roberts Triangle Gallery, Sinclair College, Dayton, OH, the Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, and Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY. He has appeared in numerous group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the country including Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, The Hyde Collection Museum, Glens Falls, NY, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY, Kellogg Gallery, Cal Poly University, Pomona, CA, and Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, LA.  His work is included in the collections of the University Art Museum, University at Albany, The College of Saint Rose, and Siena College, among others. He teaches at Onondaga Community College. You can see more of Cirmo's work and read his CV here.