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Check out Brant Ritter’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brant Ritter.

Brant, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I studied architecture at Lehigh University before receiving my MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. I fell in love with LA while attending a summer program at Otis College of Art and relocated a year after getting my MFA. It was while working as a preparator at area LA art galleries that I met and worked with some of the titans of contemporary art such as Carl Andre, James Turrell and Mark DiSuvero.

I left the gallery world to start my own design company in 2006. I continued to make artwork, but I also wanted to explore many of the themes and ideas that I had developed while studying architecture. I currently work on retail, hospitality, and residential interior projects, but my focus is on contemporary furniture. I’m in the middle of finalizing a furniture collection that will be unveiled, along with new artwork, in October at Oculus Gallery.

In the past I struggled with trying to keep the art and design compartmentalized, but I’ve since embraced the symbiotic relationship of the two modes. I’m enjoying the dialog that my furniture has with my artwork and vice versa.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Recently, I’ve focused on drawings as well as, small, three dimensional pieces that I’ve been calling ‘relational aesthetics’. The drawings stem from my furniture making practice, using detritus from my shop to create scale less architectural models that are the basis for precise pastel renderings. With the sculptural work, I’ve been exploring the interaction between materials, textures, and forms to question my notions of ‘good’ versus ‘perfect’.

It is my hope that the viewer looks at the totality of my work and sees that there is measured, consistent growth, both technically as well as intellectually. As an individual, I work hard to move towards a better version of myself, and it is my hope that my artwork is a product of this growth.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Believe that your gift is sacred and treat it as such. Very few people have the ability to alter the course of someone’s day/life as profoundly as an artist.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My drawings are currently being represented by Tappan Collective, https://www.tappancollective.com/collections/brant-ritter

All of my work is viewable on www.brantritter.com and my upcoming solo exhibition of art and furniture will be at Oculus Gallery located at the Pacific Design Center, https://www.oculus-gallery.com

Contact Info:

  • Address: 962B East 4th St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Website: www.brantritter.com
  • Phone: 310-464-7868
  • Email: mail@brantritter.com
  • Instagram: @brantritter

Image Credit:
Brant Ritter

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