A retrospective look at the work of the artist Brian Kershisnik through his first three prolific decades. The book will contain as many pictures as is reasonable to include as well as several essays that put his work into the larger context of his age. Kershisnik is a puzzling and puzzled explorer; both a part of, and separate from his contemporaries. He is an enthusiastic, and optimistic examiner of triumphs and tragedies. He exposes the common in the hero and the heroic in the quotidian. He aspires more to the fantastic and rich human warmth of Giotto rather than the cold and distant impressive brilliance of the otherworldly high renaissance. His work is made by his life and is meant to be lived with.
Brian Kershisnik is an artist. He did not set out to be one, but after a curious childhood of far flung traveling with his geologist father and a mother who provided materials and opportunity, art eventually found him, but not in a serious way before his college studies. After receiving his masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin he pursued his craft with prolific curiosity and rigor. His life has been lovely, tragic and bewildering. His work explores that bewilderment with a mixture of melancholy and whimsy that feels extremely and encouragingly human.