Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Thompson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brandon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I don’t really know how I got started, I just always wanted to express myself creatively.
During my childhood, I liked to draw but did not think I was any good, but really found graphic design and illustration interesting which led me to study it in college. While studying graphic design, I found out that it was pretty boring. Working with clients, you have to create their vision, and their input is valid. I eventually got tired of it and wanted to pursue my own ideas, which led my interest in doing more fine art and found painting and sculpture to be the best medium as a creative outlet.
I also was always found of art history. I like art history class and going to museums. Of course, from looking at art history, it was obvious no representation of myself or the culture that I believe to be mine. The lack of representation and not seeing works that I related to really drove me to really put myself, my neighborhood, friends, and family, and what I consider to be my culture of an African American in my work.
I mainly like to paint or sculpt scenes from my reality, actives I did growing up, African American history, social commentary with inside jokes, and sometimes biblical references.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has actually been pretty smooth. I really started to do art as a hobby and just wanted to make stuff for my wall in my bedroom. Selling art and getting notice for my work was never my intention, but if people enjoy it, by all means, I’m not gonna stop them.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
My business is me. I specialize in shinning. And I’m known for being a star. I’m most proud that the work is only just my creative input. I honestly don’t know what separates myself from others. I really don’t care what others are doing, but I feel like everyone thinks like that. I’m just trying to do me I guess.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My criteria for success is if I like the piece which I normally do. With the art, I never really wanted to be known for it or seek it as a career. I’m not trying to please anybody with my work, so people’s opinions are kinda irrelevant to me.
But I am appreciative that people really take an interest in my work and think that it is some kind of value to the stuff I do out of boredom in my bedroom.