My name is Brian Beahan.
I grew up in a small Mid-western town with rolling hills, vast rivers and oppressive summer days. Everything moved at a snail’s pace. When I was thirty years old I moved from Missouri to Seattle, searching for more meaning in my work and life. What I found, really, was more of the same work, but with a creative zeal that I hadn’t had before. Separated from what I knew best and yet deeply connected to my new surroundings, I was comfortably torn between the two places I called home. My work began to take on a life of it’s own and I was being pulled between my artist self and the rest of my life. A few years after buying our first house Sarah and I had an epiphany to sell our house and hit the road to find the place where we could work less and art more. After more than 5 months on the road we moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and just bought a house in the Northeast Arts District.
I am an abstract artist. My work lingers on lines and converges on color. I play with color, line, and light in all of my paintings. Each painting is built from the bottom up, layer upon layer of alternating colors and hues. I build texture with thick impasto brushstrokes and broad defining lines. These paintings represent just as much about what you don’t see as what you do see.
Like any artist or writer, I don’t start with a theme, the theme presents itself as the work progresses. I am beginning to see a pattern emerge—the pieces are as much about the process and the layers beneath the surface as what you see upon first glance.