Bryan Drury: Terrestrial Visions
Employing the same highly detailed realism found in his other works, Drury (born, 1980) exploits the oil-paint medium to meticulously render the topography and organic quality of the sitters’ flesh, contrasting their physicality with the divine nature that they embody within their respective traditions.
In his paintings every wrinkle and hair follicle is exposed in the face of his sitters. The soft creases in the skin of highlight the tactility of a person’s skin, calling attention to the mortal aspect of being. In his portraits, Drury does not acquiesce to expectations of flattery, instead he exploits the power of oil paint to describe their corporeal flaws of his sitters as precisely as possible. He exposes the disconnect between the corporeality of the body and the abstraction of identity, which exists across cultures, religions and societies.
Drury was born in 1980 in Salt Lake City, Utah and relocated to New York in 2001. He received an MFA Cum Laude from the New York Academy of Art in 2007 and his BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2005.
Curated by Marisa J. Pascucci, Boca Raton Museum of Art.