James Rosenquist "Marilyn" 1974
"Night on Bald Mountain" scene | Fantasia 1940
Charles E. White III known to always push the boundaries of imagination and creativity, his work explores realistic subjects and items and places them in this surreal dreamlike setting. White has worked with an extensive list of prominent clients across different industries and cultures and awarded as an illustrator and artist over his 3 decade career.
Above - Charles E. White III | Images Unknown Below - Syd Brak | Left - Long Distance Kiss. Right - Electric Kiss
Syd Brak worked as a freelance airbrush artist through the his 4 decade long career in which he worked with many clients ranging from Coke Cola, Nike, GQ and Levis just to name a few. His airbrush technique is said to define 80's poster art and is famous for this "Long Distance Kiss" piece. There are so many more to mention and deserve recognition and appreciation, but I want to bring attention to one artist in particular…Jack Brusca.
I only recently became aware of Jack Brusca one morning over breakfast before heading off to work scrolling through my news feed like the 21st century tech dependant zombie, when a cover image to a story slapped me to attention. It was a piece by Juliana Ukiomogbe for Interview called "Jack Brusca: Forgotten by the Art World, Until Now" In which Juliana interviews Fine art gallery owner and curator Daniel Cooney who recently unearthed some Brusca pieces locked away in storage for some 25+ years after his untimley death in 1993 at the age of 54 from AIDS related complications.
Above: Jack Brusca | Self Portrait in a Hospital Bed 1993
Below: Jack Brusca | 26th & 6th 1992
Above: Jack Brusca | Left - The Dance Right - The Pool 1974
Jack Brusca | Manhattan 1991
28 years after Jacks Brusca's death a new exhibition of his forgotten work and new appreciation of an illustrative artist is taking place at the eponymous gallery, and with good reason for to view Jacks work really does take you to this "Time and Place”. The way in which he manipulates letters, numbers and flowers in some of his abstract pieces or the almost surrealist and somewhat voyeuristic figurative subjects. The ability to reimagine ordinary things, people, scenarios is unique to some and to Jack this seemed second nature. Like he was living in this neon world where everything was this blend of colour and had this surreal sense of spatial dimension and was bathed in this theatrical light.
Jack Brusca | Left: Summer In The City 1990. | Centre: Night Work 1990. | Right: Copa Girls 1990
Jack Brusca | Left: Beck 1986. | Right: A Day With Dad 1990
Although Jacks career was cut short he seemed to just be on the cusp of enjoying great critical and commercial success. He created acclaimed sets and costumes for the Alvin Ailey Dance theatre in NYC and Bejart Ballet in Brussels swell as the interiors and logo design for legendary dance club “The Pavilion” in Fire Island Pines. He also designed jewellery with Partner Joseph Dante under the name “Brusca Dante”, best known for their bold modernist sterling silver pieces.
Above: Brusca Dante | Assorted Pieces mainly of the "Zoo" series 1974
Brusca’s work is home in collections of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Queens Museum, The Chrysler Museum of Art and various prestigious private collection internationally.
Jack Brusca - Paintings 1975-1993 is currently showing at Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery from November 4th - December 18th.