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Meet Brian Harwick in Echo Park and Silverlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Harwick.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Brian. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in a very arts-oriented house hold, my mother constantly encouraged me to engage in creative outlets and always had music like B.B. King playing loudly in the house. I can remember one of my earliest birthdays my mom got me a play easel to paint on. As I got older I took a couple of fine arts courses here and there but kind of let my passion fade. At some point in my mid 20’s a friend of mine made me sit down and watch a documentary about Gerhard Richter and as soon as it was over I knew I had to start creating again. I started doing smaller things in acrylic just to get back into practice and instantly I felt at home as if I had been reconnected to a part of myself that had been missing. A very close friend encouraged me to start working with oil paints which felt like another missing piece of the puzzle to me. Now I can’t really go more than a few days without creating something.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have definitely been times where I’ve felt blocked off from my creativity and have been hyper critical of my work. In times like that I try to remember that this is an outlet for myself and to not be harsh and judgmental and to remember that there are no rules for the work that I do. It also helps to remember to take everything as a learning experience regardless of how a piece turns out.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I create abstract expressionist paintings on canvas and wood. I’m currently working towards creating prints of my work to sell as well as selling original paintings. The thing I’m most proud about what I’m doing is the warm reception I’ve had for my work. I remember it was a big decision that took a lot of time before I started sharing it and didn’t think anything would really come from it ever. Being able to see how I’ve grown as an artist and being able to connect with other artists and discuss our work and processes has been amazing.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like LA has been a great place to grow up as an artist. There’s such a huge community and when you find your place everyone is so helpful in so many areas. I definitely would not be where I’m at now, nor would I have grown as much as an artist as I would have if I was anywhere else. There’s so many people and places in LA to be inspired by. There’s times where I want to work and I can just take a short walk and find countless things to inspire me.

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Brian Kelly Harwick

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