There are many ways in which the thing I am trying in vain to say may be tried in vain to be said.
- Samuel Beckett
To make one's own appreciation understood and compelling to another is extremely difficult, especially when that appreciation falls on subjects as stark and plain as the worn surfaces, static objects and spare spaces depicted in my paintings. Painting has a long history of making the banal compelling, but I hesitate to claim this as my sole purpose. My motivation to transform into paint what I am drawn to visually stems from the desire to offer something new, something tangible only in the form of a painting. It is important that these images are constructed with this material, not simply to put emphasis on a subject that might otherwise be overlooked, but for the discovery and possibilities of the medium used to construct the image. "The medium is the message," as Marshall McLuhan famously wrote. It is through a massive accumulation of glances, assembled moments and chance occurrences in my efforts to describe these subjects in paint that the viewer becomes compelled to reach the contemplative state I am trying to induce.
born: 1974, Lewiston, Idaho
Syracuse University, MFA 2005
Northern Michigan University, BFA 2002
Second Place Award, 2nd International Painting Annual, Manifest Gallery, 2012
Manifest Prize, One2, Manifest Gallery, 2011
AGallery, International Art Competition Winner in the category of painting, 2011
7th International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, page 84.
2nd International Painting Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, pages, 37,38,39.
1st International Painting Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, page 82.
5th International Drawing Annual, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, pages, 74,75.
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Plain Sight: Paintings by Brett Eberhardt, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 2012
One (The Second Annual Manifest Prize), Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011
selected group shows
PUNCH Gallery International Juried Exhibition , PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2012
The Big Show 7, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 2012
33rd Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri , 2012