Brian Fuller Photography Gallery

Fall in love with America.


Every artist has influences and I am no exception.  When I was a kid, I saw the world the way you see it here in my art but back then I had no way to express it.  Cameras--and photography generally--were beyond expensive to me.  I slept on the floor so my mother and sister could share the mattress we had to give you an idea. There wasn't much room for art. 

Always, I saw the world in chunks.  The only difference is that now I edit in Camera Plus rather than just in my head. My art heroes were--and are--Ashile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Gustav Klimt. Yes, they are all painters.  And revolutionaries of the highest order.  It's impossible to imagine what it must have been like for Gorky, doing the work he did, in the 1930s.  Radical, to say the least.  All of them were.  One of Gorky's most honored paintings is called Agony.  I don't have to experience that because they already did.

I cannot paint at all, as it turns out, which is how wallscapes were born.  They're just like a landscape except for the land part, which I've replaced with a wall. In other words, technology has allowed me to create what I might have painted if only I could. These images are all of things that exist in the same world as you and me, of course.  When I say "create", I don't mean from scratch.  Maybe "translate" would be a better word.  For example, you are seeing--if you notice at all--an alleyway wall with some old paint and rust on it and maybe a bricked up window or two. What I'm seeing is Number 8, 1949.  More or less. I spend a lot of time looking at the backs and sides of buildings.  Considerably more than at their fronts.

Wallscapes are about color, texture, and geometry. They are an attempt to translate (yes, that IS a better word) the pools of color and light as I see them. They are about balance and symmetry.  Sometimes they're about asymmetry.  Mostly, they're about nothing at all. It's a lot different than a picture of a house or a car.

If there is a deeper meaning to these, you'll see it in the title and description.  Sometimes these images and patterns will remind me of a certain experience, an old song, a particular time in the past, whatever.  Like all abstract expressionist art, it's as much about mood and energy as anything else.  For me it's about a deep desire to communicate.  I want to share that moment. I want to give you all that I had then. I want you to feel what I did because, whatever it was, it was wonderful most of all.