Brett Greiman: Still Learning to Fly
Brett Greiman’s newest exhibit, Still Learning to Fly, was a decade in the making and will land at Mulberry Art Studios this November.
Still Learning to Fly collects paintings Greiman created over the past ten years, and derives its title from his belief that an artist should never believe that he’s reached a point in his career where there’s no additional room for growth.
"There must always be room in the artist’s mind that he’s never arrived at perfection yet always striving for that," explains Greiman. "Searching for a higher level, still learning to fly!"
Greiman incorporates symbolism and metaphor into much of his work. In this series, many of the paintings take the metaphor literally, and include birds, mainly ravens. Throughout the world and over many centuries, ravens have been symbolic of many different things depending upon the culture which is referencing them. Greiman implores the viewer to look closely at each painting and question what the imagery says to them.
A graduate of the York Academy of Arts, Brett Greiman has worked many years as a muralist, illustrator, graphic designer, painter, and educator with well over 100 murals created in the central Pennsylvania area. Brett also has extensive experience as a teaching artist having led young people into successful community artistic projects, as well as 12 years teaching on the college level. Brett is also a PCA stARTSomething Arts In Education instructor.
Brett was the featured artist for 2006 YorkFest and awarded “Best of Show” at Yorkfest 2004 by juror Kimberly Camp, CEO of The Barnes Foundation. He was awarded the York Public Arts Award in recognition of creative contributions to the York arts community in 2002 and
was co-recipient of the award again several years later in recognition of his work along with fellow Yorkfest Festival Marketplace jurors for revitalizing Yorkfest.
Brett’s paintings are in the permanent collection of the York County Heritage Trust, Wellspan Health, Harley Davidson, Nixon Nature Center, Mulberry Studio art gallery and many others as well as many private collections.
"These paintings portray dissolving impressions, like snapshots, left from a single point along a person’s timeline. The pieces falling away represent the thinness and brevity of those impressions" explains Babusci. "I paint people disassembling into nothing as a way of depicting identity as something fluid, or impermanent. I want to question where the boundaries lie between outside perceptions, and one’s personal sense of self. How do they work to inform and refine each other, and can they exist apart? What does that say about how exactly our identities are defined, and who defines them? The subjects are presented outside of any context to ask, most importantly: what’s at the center? Is there anything left underneath the constantly shifting feedback that we cloth ourselves in? When separated from the surroundings and experiences that shape and form us, does something remain that is wholly us…or are there only echoes?"