William Francis Brennan

"My art is a hybrid of expressionism and impressionism. Composition is developed by color, contrast, and balance. Form and a sense of change, even motion are key elements in my paintings. Often my work overlays two subjects, either in conflict or in harmony. Compositions are the result of artistic exploration."

Long Time Passing - Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

William Francis Brennan was born in 1949 in Massachusetts, USA and began painting with oil and watercolor at the early age of 10 while growing up on the family’s farm. From 1970 to 1980 he lived in Toronto, Canada and made a living as a handyman, as a surveyor and as a painting artist. His studio at a big old warehouse at the High Park District also functioned as a showroom for his exhibitions. Brennan sold works in Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA between 1975 - 86 until moving to San Francisco, California in 1980. He lived in the SF Bay Area for 28 years, exhibiting often at cafés / restaurants, mostly at the Potrero Hill and at the Castro district in San Francisco. In the 90s he had an art-studio for several years on Bryant Street, at the Mexican influenced Mission district, with public studio walks and exhibitions. Additionally he worked as a self-employed handyman/painter and restored old furniture.

During 2001-8, Brennan extended his creative work by building unique garden furniture out of driftwood he collected at the beaches of the Pacific Ocean near San Francisco. He designed and built stage sets for the theatre-pedagogical project 'Behind Closed Doors' and he painted several murals for customers in San Francisco. Since 2008, Brennan has been a permanent resident in Germany where he works as an artist. In 2017 he moved his studio ‘LadenAtelier Brennan' from Berlin to the state of Brandenburg.

Not Connected - Mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm
The Man With His Monkey - Oil on canvas 100 x 70 cm
Nature and History, Crete - Oil on canvas 120 x 100 cm
Escape In The Night - Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

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