Jason Brammer in his Humboldt Park Studio, Chicago, IL.
A short film featuring interviews with Brammer, his "Time Machines" series, a site-specific installation at I.V. Lab Recording Studio, a look inside his own studio, live painting, and more.
About Jason Brammer
Jason Brammer is a visual artist, painter, and muralist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is known for his mixed media hand-painted assemblages, distinctive airbrushed paintings, meticulously-detailed drawings, and site-specific installations. In his mixed media work, such as that of his Axis Mundi and Time Machines series, he creates a unique melding of painted imagery with sculptural elements, such as antique parts, reclaimed wood, and salvaged materials he finds in the alleys by his studio. Described as a "magician with paint", he experiments with illusionism and trompe l'oeil. Painting 2-dimensional imagery to look folded, photographic, or otherwise 3-dimensional, Brammer then further "fools the eye" by seamlessly integrating real objects and layering paint and plaster on wood surfaces to replicate the look of aged, weathered metal. He enjoys making pieces that look like found artifacts, deteriorating archived relics, or antique “machines”, and strives to capture the feeling of glimpsing into another dimension or time.
Brammer’s art has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including the Hangaram Design Museum (in Seoul, South Korea), The Union League Club of Chicago, La Luz De Jesus Gallery (in Los Angeles), Linda Warren Projects (in Chicago), Firecat Projects (in Chicago), Verge Art Brooklyn, SCOPE Miami Beach, and the Harrison Center For the Arts (in Indianapolis). At many venues, such as Coalition Gallery and the Harris Theater, he has been known to captivate crowds by painting live. In addition, he has created site-specific installations for several exhibitions, including a 30-foot mixed media painting installation at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, titled The Time Traveler’s Laboratory: 1901 and a site-specific mural installation at Linda Warren Projects.
Brammer’s work can be found in private collections across the United States and Canada, and was recently acquired by the Rockford Art Museum (in Rockford, Illinois) and the Zhou B Art Center (in Chicago) for their permanent collections. Brammer has also created prominent commissioned works, including a large-scale public mural for the city of Chicago, a live painting for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, permanent installations for LinkedIn and Dark Matter Coffee, and concert posters for My Morning Jacket, Todd Rundgren, and Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy. His most intricate and extensive permanent installation to date is at the I.V. Lab Recording Studio in Chicago. This installation, titled The Future Is Recording Over My Pasture, consists of 6 large paintings on canvas, connecting mural artwork, tubing, wood constructions, antique pulleys, and other integrated objects. His work has also appeared in many publications, including the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, the Chicago Sun Times, the Indianapolis Star, and Chicago Art Magazine.
Jason Brammer was born in 1974 in Lancaster, Ohio and grew up primarily in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has painted and drawn since childhood, and has been a professional, working artist for over ten years. He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA and at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, but his current work has evolved mainly from years of independent practice and experimentation. He currently resides in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with his wife Erin and two cats, and has a private storefront studio in Humboldt Park, which is filled with ever-changing piles of rusted chains, antique pulleys, vintage gauges, and other found treasures that inspire his work.