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    Hebru Brantley

    December 25, 2019

December 25, 2019

Hebru Brantley

Hebru Brantley creates narrative driven work revolving around his
conceptualized iconic characters. Brantley utilizes these iconic characters to
address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power and hope.
The color palettes, pop-art motifs and characters themselves create
accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted ideas. Majorly
influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s
and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to
explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic,
watercolor and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea.
Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist. His
work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts
the viewer’s gaze.

Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows in Chicago, Hebru
Brantley has exhibited in London, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los
Angeles and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope
NYC and Frieze London. Brantley has been recognized in publications
including the Chicago Tribune, Complex Magazine and NY Post. His work has
been collected by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel,The Pritzker Family and
power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. Brantley has collaborated with brands like
Nike, Hublot and Adidas. Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta
University, and has a background in design and media illustration.