The Creative Force of Hebru Brantley

Although American artist Hebru Brantley paints mainly children, his art has the weight of what is happening in culture and society behind it.  He creates streetart, paintings, and sculptures and imbues all of them with the swirling sense of urgency that things are happening - and indeed his art is happening. See more of his work on Instagram and Facebook and follow him on Tumblr.

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Posted by Lisa.

American Paint Photo #10. Shot in August 2014.

Statistically, white people and black people are just as likely to consume drugs and marijuana. Yet the large majority of men in federal prisons are black men who are there for non-violent drug offenses. Racial profiling needs to stop. This system destroys lives and families and unnecessarily wastes billions of tax dollars.

Photos by Landyn Pan. Art by Anastasia Mikolyuk. 


James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903, United States/England)


Whistler was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in England. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”. His signature on many of his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.

Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler entitled many of his paintings Arrangements, Harmonies, and Nocturnes, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (1871), commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his interactions with leading artists and writers.


Kim Cogan (1977, United States)

Interiors and figures

Cogan is best-known and most prolific as a painter of America’s urban environment, focusing on lesser-depicted areas rather than landmarks. His style is realist, but with very limited brushstrokes, which seperates it considerably in technique from contemporary academic realism - though the accuracy of lighting means that from middle-distance his images have a photographic quality.