“I am primarily self-taught, but am strongly influenced by many of the 19th and early 20th century masters. I study and paint every day, working only in oil and use a limited palette. My passion is painting plein air and I continually find drama in the landscapes and people who I paint. My paintings are about the changing light and the way that it plays on the natural beauty that surrounds me.”
Brian Pier, a Kenosha native, began painting at an early age, and immediately knew that his true purpose in life was to be an artist. At the age of 18 he left home and traveled throughout the U.S., constantly studying and painting the people and landscape around him, finally returning to Wisconsin five years later. When Brian’s career took a different path and he worked in the construction industry, he continued to paint whenever he had the opportunity. Throughout the years, art has remained an essential part of his life, and in 2008 he picked up his brushes full-time. To his amazement Brian discovered that he could observe, understand, and depict life through his paintings in ways he never had before.
Brian has exhibited in New York City and numerous regional exhibitions including The Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee as well as Gallery night & Day in Milwaukee. He has also been published in New American Artist magazine and is currently represented by:
Forever Grateful Art Gallery, Kenosha, WI
Northern Lights Gallery, Racine, WI
Brian Pier will be demonstrating his oil painting technique at the Good Old Summertime Art Fair.