Thursday, August 01, 2019

Everywhere Is The Center Opening Reception  

Friday August 2nd, 7-9 pm Econo Jam Records.  
DJ Brian Lucas (Dire Wolves, Angel Archer).
Oakland First Fridays!  Food trucks and fun for all!

Prices and contact information here.    

 















Artist Statement

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
                    —Black Elk


Everywhere is the center of the world. The universal unconscious is the chant of nature.  It is the native speech of dreams—images, archetypes, forms within ourselves—shaped by the world and part of it.  Everyone is a part, nobody apart. 


I paint to discover the world, to see the world as it exists and to imagine it as it might exist.  I look and listen within and without, to what is possible and impossible, and follow where my imagination goes.  But my imagination, like everyone’s, is part of a collective imagination, an expanding universe of dreams, full of universal archetypes floating through the ages.  It is a language of symbols, as alive and flowing through the interconnected blood of the past, present and future, outside of time. Look closely at the kingdom within you and you will find it is the same as the kingdom everywhere. 


Poetry—linguistic rhythms encoded in the world—is everywhere and is read through the lens of imagination.  When we read these symbols, we read ourselves, where in the speech of dreams, we become timeless, simultaneous, beyond belief.  We are made of eternity: matter made of waves, stories made of symbols, retold again and again, a never-ending flow of interwoven meanings, inseparable from their sources. The images and rhythms of the collective unconscious are an eternally recurring symbolic language: a literature that extends beyond the possible, beyond imaginable.  I read the world through its poetry and its language of symbols. Everywhere is the center of the world.


Contact:     bstrang@sfsu.edu 

               


Wednesday, July 31, 2019



New World Old World
giclée print
digital pen and gouache
signed and numbered 1-5
cold-pressed paper
10” x10””
(8” x 8” image with 1” borders)
$100 framed
$60 unframed
Everywhere Is the Center
hand-drawn digital pen and gouache
10” x 10” giclée print w. 2” margins
Signed and numbered
(without watermark signature and circle, of course)
$120 framed
$80 unframedf


Dreamhouse
Pen, gouache and glitter on paper 
Framed and matted 12” x 12” (8.5” x8.5”) image size)
$200

Wednesday, July 17, 2019





No Light No Shadow
hand-drawn digital pen and gouache
10” x 10” giclée print w. 2” margins
Signed and numbered
(without watermark signature and circle, of course)
$120 framed
$80 unframed

Thursday, July 11, 2019


 

This You Are
Pen, gouache and glitter on paper 18” x 14” (14” x10” image size)
$300 framed and matted


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

She was a wolf. She was a mare.
Pen, gouache and glitter on canvas (24” x 24”)
$500

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


The Three Marys
Pen, gouache and glitter on canvas (24” x 24”)
$500 (for sale in September)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

"Everything is True" Artist Reception: Raven's Wing Magical Co. March 2nd 6:30-8:00

Please stop by and say hello at my artist reception March 2nd 6:30-8:00 at Raven’s Wing Magical Company.  The paintings are up now if you want to take a look.  

Hope to see you there!


If you're interested in buying, prices are reduced from the ones appearing on this site.  Click here to see price list.  Or you can get in touch with the shop or with me through FB Messenger.




The Raven's Wing Magical Co.
536 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA
(510) 444-9355
Sun-Fri. 12-8pm, Sat. 11am-8pm



Everything Is True

paintings by Brian Strang

“Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet."
― W.B. Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore


I paint to discover the world, to see the world as it exists and to imagine it as it might exist.  I look and listen within and without, to what is possible and impossible, and follow where my imagination goes.  But my imagination, like everyone’s, is part of a collective unconscious, an expanding universe of dreams, full of universal archetypes floating through the ages.


Everywhere is the center of the world. The universal unconscious is the chant of nature and it is the native speech of dreams: images, archetypes, forms within ourselves, shaped by the world and part of it.  Everyone is a part, nobody apart. What we think is new is timeless. Nothing is new. Myth is a language of symbols, as alive and flowing through the interconnected blood of the past, present and future, outside of time.  Look closely at the kingdom within you and you will find it is the same as the kingdom everywhere.


Poetry—linguistic rhythms encoded in the world—is everywhere and is read through the lens of imagination.  When we read these symbols, we read ourselves, where in the speech of dreams, we become timeless, simultaneous, beyond belief.  We are made of eternity: matter made of waves, stories made of symbols, retold again and again, a never-ending flow of interwoven meanings, inseparable from their sources. The images and rhythms of the collective unconscious are an eternally recurring symbolic language: a literature that extends beyond the possible, beyond imaginable.  I read the world through its poetry and its language of symbols.


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About Brian Strang’s painting, the SF Bay Guardian has said, “Strang’s work... suggests a more romantic pleasure in and response to visual phenomena.  It betrays a rhythmic sensibility not unlike that found in a sketch by Matisse” (6/13/07).

His paintings, which all contain written poetic text, have been exhibited many times over the last ten years in solo and group shows, have been republished in magazines and currently reside in many private collections.  He has lived in East Oakland for fifteen years, teaches English at San Francisco State University, has had several books of poetry published, most recently Dark Adapt by Duration Press, and plays guitar in Crow Crash Radio.