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BRIAN MCCULLOUGH

BRIAN MCCULLOUGH

Artist Work

Another One Bites the Dust
2010
Acrylic, ink, and pen on gessoed paper
50x38"
Nation Building
2010
Acrylic, ink, and pen on gessoed paper
50x38"
God and Governor
2011
three-color print with etching, aquatint and china silk collagraph
Image size 9x6"
Blow Me Down
2010
Acrylic, ink, and pen on gessoed paper
50x38"
Roundup
2010
Acrylic, ink, and pen on gessoed paper
50x38"
Freedom Slaves
2011
two-color soft-ground etching with aquatint and hand coloring
Image size 8x6"

Artist Information

County
Cecil County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My current body of work is titled "The Triumph of the Big Machine." It is a tale of a voiceless class of people, who seem to have fallen helpless to a conglomerate system of power that has tricked them into believing that what's best for them is what's best for "The Machine." The egg-headed, downtrodden protagonists of this narrative plod along haplessly, leaving the viewer to wonder whether to feel sorry for them or to hate them for their complaisance, as they watch their world get dominated and destroyed by "The Machine." It is a combination of simple images that work as symbol and metaphor to form an expressionistic narrative that attempts to tell the story of the "Everyman" and the greedy system of power that he is subject to in our contemporary world of corporate personhood.

Artist Bio

Brian McCullough grew up in the small, rural town of Rising Sun, Maryland about one hour northeast of Baltimore and one hour southwest of Philadelphia, PA. Brian was an imaginative child, who enjoyed drawing, playing with action figures and video games. He enjoyed creating story lines as a part of his play, an early sign of his interest in narrative. He was a good student in all of the subjects he studied, but art class was always his favorite. It was in Rising Sun that he attended public elementary and secondary schools where he graduated with honors in 1994.

Upon graduating from high school, Brian attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster where he became more confident in his ability to draw and was introduced to painting and sculpture for the first time. It was also during his first semester at PCA&D that Brian was first exposed to the history of Modern Art. By the winter of 1995, Brian had fallen in love with the medium of painting and it's history, and chose to pursue the fine arts as his major course of study. He received an Associate of Specialized Technology in the fine arts in 1997 from the then three year school. Brian then continued his education at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, where he became committed to narrative picture making and received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in painting in 1999. He graduated with honors from both schools and was fortunate to receive competitive scholarships toward his tuition at each.

A career bartender, Brian remained in Baltimore for six years upon graduating from the Maryland Institute where he continued to paint sporadically before relocating to Brooklyn, New York for a short time in 2006. After struggling with the high cost of living and underemployment in New York City, Brian rebounded to his hometown. He had hoped to advance his career as an artist while in New York, but found the struggle to make a living too stifling and only started one painting that was never finished while there. Brian's output as an artist increased in 2008 and 2009 while he was living a reclusive lifestyle in his hometown and trying to recover from the financial burden that his move to NYC had left him in. Never a fan of rural life, today Brian spends the summer living and working in Ocean City, MD and has hopes on enrolling in an MFA program in the near future to study printmaking.Brian McCullough grew up in the small, rural town of Rising Sun, Maryland about one hour northeast of Baltimore and one hour southwest of Philadelphia, PA. Brian was an imaginative child, who enjoyed drawing, playing with action figures and video games. He enjoyed creating story lines as a part of his play, an early sign of his interest in narrative. He was a good student in all of the subjects he studied, but art class was always his favorite. It was in Rising Sun that he attended public elementary and secondary schools where he graduated with honors in 1994.

Upon graduating from high school, Brian attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster where he became more confident in his ability to draw and was introduced to painting and sculpture for the first time. It was also during his first semester at PCA&D that Brian was first exposed to the history of Modern Art. By the winter of 1995, Brian had fallen in love with the medium of painting and it's history, and chose to pursue the fine arts as his major course of study. He received an Associate of Specialized Technology in the fine arts in 1997 from the then three year school. Brian then continued his education at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, where he became committed to narrative picture making and received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in painting in 1999. He graduated with honors from both schools and was fortunate to receive competitive scholarships toward his tuition at each.

A career bartender, Brian remained in Baltimore for six years upon graduating from the Maryland Institute where he continued to paint sporadically before relocating to Brooklyn, New York for a short time in 2006. After struggling with the high cost of living and underemployment in New York City, Brian rebounded to his hometown. He had hoped to advance his career as an artist while in New York, but found the struggle to make a living too stifling and only started one painting that was never finished while there. Brian's output as an artist increased in 2008 and 2009 while he was living a reclusive lifestyle in his hometown and trying to recover from the financial burden that his move to NYC had left him in. Never a fan of rural life, today Brian spends the summer living and working in Ocean City, MD and has hopes on enrolling in an MFA program in the near future to study printmaking.Brian McCullough grew up in the small, rural town of Rising Sun, Maryland about one hour northeast of Baltimore and one hour southwest of Philadelphia, PA. Brian was an imaginative child, who enjoyed drawing, playing with action figures and video games. He enjoyed creating story lines as a part of his play, an early sign of his interest in narrative. He was a good student in all of the subjects he studied, but art class was always his favorite. It was in Rising Sun that he attended public elementary and secondary schools where he graduated with honors in 1994.

Upon graduating from high school, Brian attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster where he became more confident in his ability to draw and was introduced to painting and sculpture for the first time. It was also during his first semester at PCA&D that Brian was first exposed to the history of Modern Art. By the winter of 1995, Brian had fallen in love with the medium of painting and it's history, and chose to pursue the fine arts as his major course of study. He received an Associate of Specialized Technology in the fine arts in 1997 from the then three year school. Brian then continued his education at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, where he became committed to narrative picture making and received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in painting in 1999. He graduated with honors from both schools and was fortunate to receive competitive scholarships toward his tuition at each.

A career bartender, Brian remained in Baltimore for six years upon graduating from the Maryland Institute where he continued to paint sporadically before relocating to Brooklyn, New York for a short time in 2006. After struggling with the high cost of living and underemployment in New York City, Brian rebounded to his hometown. He had hoped to advance his career as an artist while in New York, but found the struggle to make a living too stifling and only started one painting that was never finished while there. Brian's output as an artist increased in 2008 and 2009 while he was living a reclusive lifestyle in his hometown and trying to recover from the financial burden that his move to NYC had left him in. Never a fan of rural life, today Brian spends the summer living and working in Ocean City, MD and has hopes on enrolling in an MFA program in the near future to study printmaking.Brian McCullough grew up in the small, rural town of Rising Sun, Maryland about one hour northeast of Baltimore and one hour southwest of Philadelphia, PA. Brian was an imaginative child, who enjoyed drawing, playing with action figures and video games. He enjoyed creating story lines as a part of his play, an early sign of his interest in narrative. He was a good student in all of the subjects he studied, but art class was always his favorite. It was in Rising Sun that he attended public elementary and secondary schools where he graduated with honors in 1994.

Upon graduating from high school, Brian attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster where he became more confident in his ability to draw and was introduced to painting and sculpture for the first time. It was also during his first semester at PCA&D that Brian was first exposed to the history of Modern Art. By the winter of 1995, Brian had fallen in love with the medium of painting and it's history, and chose to pursue the fine arts as his major course of study. He received an Associate of Specialized Technology in the fine arts in 1997 from the then three year school. Brian then continued his education at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, where he became committed to narrative picture making and received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in painting in 1999. He graduated with honors from both schools and was fortunate to receive competitive scholarships toward his tuition at each.

A career bartender, Brian remained in Baltimore for six years upon graduating from the Maryland Institute where he continued to paint sporadically before relocating to Brooklyn, New York for a short time in 2006. After struggling with the high cost of living and underemployment in New York City, Brian rebounded to his hometown. He had hoped to advance his career as an artist while in New York, but found the struggle to make a living too stifling and only started one painting that was never finished while there. Brian's output as an artist increased in 2008 and 2009 while he was living a reclusive lifestyle in his hometown and trying to recover from the financial burden that his move to NYC had left him in. Never a fan of rural life, today Brian spends the summer living and working in Ocean City, MD and has hopes on enrolling in an MFA program in the near future to study printmaking.Brian McCullough grew up in the small, rural town of Rising Sun, Maryland about one hour northeast of Baltimore and one hour southwest of Philadelphia, PA. Brian was an imaginative child, who enjoyed drawing, playing with action figures and video games. He enjoyed creating story lines as a part of his play, an early sign of his interest in narrative. He was a good student in all of the subjects he studied, but art class was always his favorite. It was in Rising Sun that he attended public elementary and secondary schools where he graduated with honors in 1994.

Upon graduating from high school, Brian attended the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster where he became more confident in his ability to draw and was introduced to painting and sculpture for the first time. It was also during his first semester at PCA&D that Brian was first exposed to the history of Modern Art. By the winter of 1995, Brian had fallen in love with the medium of painting and it's history, and chose to pursue the fine arts as his major course of study. He received an Associate of Specialized Technology in the fine arts in 1997 from the then three year school. Brian then continued his education at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, where he became committed to narrative picture making and received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in painting in 1999. He graduated with honors from both schools and was fortunate to receive competitive scholarships toward his tuition at each.

A career bartender, Brian remained in Baltimore for six years upon graduating from the Maryland Institute where he continued to paint sporadically before relocating to Brooklyn, New York for a short time in 2006. After struggling with the high cost of living and underemployment in New York City, Brian rebounded to his hometown. He had hoped to advance his career as an artist while in New York, but found the struggle to make a living too stifling and only started one painting that was never finished while there. Brian's output as an artist increased in 2008 and 2009 while he was living a reclusive lifestyle in his hometown and trying to recover from the financial burden that his move to NYC had left him in. Never a fan of rural life, today Brian spends the summer living and working in Ocean City, MD and has hopes on enrolling in an MFA program in the near future to study printmaking.