Laura Schiff Bean
Alight features 16 new works that have evolved from Paul Brigham’s ongoing series which features birds and builds upon inspirations of light, color, abstraction and Japanese art. Brigham’s mixed media technique creates a tactile surface that helps support the emotion of his colors. The artist’s interest in Eastern philosophy and art began at an early age and has continued into his adult life. His most recent subject matter is derived from building a foundation of the purely abstract and layering upon it various birds in high realism. Though they do not appear in a realistic habitat, they seem to be exactly where they belong in his backgrounds. Brigham’s ability to layer leaves and branches into the depths of his surface, and bring them forward again creates a scene that hints at reality, but remains a contemporary surface. From the intimate realism of the birds to his potent colors, Brigham’s work is both pensive and peaceful.