2019 special collection
Opening: December 6th, 2019
Arch Enemy is excited to present our third exclusive collection with Asheville-Based oil painter Brian Mashburn.
Mashburn is based in the mountains of North Carolina where he studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BFA in 2002. His narrative paintings depict a vanishing sense of place for the natural world. At once premonitory and ancient, his paintings are dream-like prophesies of what is to come through depictions of that which is already gone. For this year-end collection of small works, Mashburn says he “experimented with a different background approach, rendering the layers in white on a few of the pieces…The effect is wintry, both in subject and palette.” The animals he’s painted linger like ghosts in a cold world. They seem to return as strangers—relics—left to haunt a land in which they no longer belong.
Paired with Rachael Bridge's feature also debuting this month, it is exciting to have the opportunity to exhibit two bodies of work that are so distinct, yet call to mind so many comparisons. We keep coming back to the ghosts in their work. Each time, we find something new. In a way, paintings by Mashburn and Bridge become reliquaries. They are vessels for the spirits that endure, haunting our worlds and lingering in our minds.