Meditation on the damage we have done and continue to do to our beautiful mother.
I just finished this dark intriguing piece. I posted it here a while back as a WIP. I am locked up in the studio scrambling to get paintings finalized for my upcoming solo show. The exhibit will be in Astoria, Oregon at the RiverSea Gallery! The show opens June 11th.
From my studio I can see smoke tendrils rising from the mountains. Larger plumes of smoke in the area are adding to the constant pollution. We were fortunate to get a couple days of rain recently. It was magical and smelled so good. I didn’t want it to stop.
A small painting on the easel in my studio today. I am working on a number of smaller pieces at the moment. Larger work will follow.
Final photograph of another recent painting. I have painted a few along this theme, more to come.
I am always excited to see a new summer rolling in. The winters are long so it seems like we earn the warmth up in North Idaho. Forest fires are a big downside, they are getting worst by the year.
I just finalized this water piece. It was hanging out in the studio for a week and needed a little attention.
The title was stuck in my mind while I was painting this. It’s a famous line from a Kurt Vonnegut book.
Promo photograph for Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado. I have solo show at this great gallery in August of 2020! This is going to be a huge exhibit and I am digging in to make my very best work.
About the artist:
My name is Brian Sostrom. I am a full-time painter, and a lifetime painter, living in North Idaho. I paint what I consider to be psychological landscapes. Inspired by nature but never striving to do what the camera can.
As an artist I often feel compelled to make work. This year I created s body of work called “Apocalyptic Bloom”. They weren’t paintings the the galleries representing me wanted. It is not artwork that my average collector would be into. Still I took this side road that represented a large part of 2019. I will always follow my artistic curiosities and interests.
This painting is on display at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. A new gallery to represent me since I started the journey.
Summer Encapsulated, 10”x10” acrylic
A few small water pieces I recently completed.h