Today we’d like to introduce you to Andy Braitman.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I didn’t discover art until college when I was convinced to try a drawing course. After taking the class I knew that art was something I wanted to pursue. I changed my major and ended up graduating after six years in 1974. I was fortunate in that at the time there was opportunity to make it as an artist. I lucked out and landed a visiting artist position in 1976 and shortly after that residency I landed another from 1984-1988 which kept me from having to hold a full-time job.
During the first 20 years of my career I accrued plenty of critical acclaim from places everywhere from Santa Fe, to Atlanta, to DC but it didn’t satisfy my need for success. In 1988 I was picked up by Gerald Melberg Gallery and made the move to Charlotte, NC. In Charlotte, I met my wife, Carol Braitman, who suggested I open a teaching studio. Being stubborn as I was, it took me 7 years to open Braitman Studio in 1995. Around the time I opened the studio, I realized the abstracted and figurative style I loved was not going to help me achieve the financial success I needed. I changed what I was painting and opened myself up to an entirely different clientele, which has helped me achieve much greater success.
Please tell us about your art.
The images in my landscapes are of things that I love and know. My art is built on layering paint and creating texture with the brush. Each painting will typically consist of 3-5 layers using color to create a visual play on the canvas. My goal is to create a retinal dance by using different colors of the same value and different values of the same color. This subtle variation allows for a longer view time and is meant to excite the viewer and ask them to look at a landscape with a different eye.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Shain Gallery Charlotte, NC
Lagerquist Gallery Atlanta, GA
Kevin LePrince Fine Art Charleston, SC
Banner Elk Gallery Fasco, NC
Gallery Vibe Naples, FL
- Address: 4801 Chastain Avenue
Suite 130 Charlotte, NC 2821
- Website: www.andybraitman.com
- Phone: 704-846-1369
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: andybraitman
- Facebook: Braitman Studio