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Artist Profile: Brian Sullivan ‘Americana’ at DeVos Place

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Two visitors at the “Americana.” Photo by: Jennifer Stout

By Jennifer Stout – Collegiate Staff

A giant wall made up of 16 vibrant colored oil pastels tells multiple stories of our culture and history of America. With old figured icons to popular food products, each square tells a new and unique story.

Brian Sullivan is entering ArtPrize for the first time.

“This is my first year here at ArtPrize, but I have researched it many times and followed it,” said Brian Sullivan, 57, of Champaign, Illinois.“I have other galleries that I was committed to during the other years of ArtPrize and this year was the first year I was able to come.”

Sullivan’s “Americana” is a traditional oil on canvas painting. Each square panel is about 40 by 65 inches in diameter and creates a giant wall that is 15 x 15 feet.

“‘Americana’ is all oil on canvas painting,” Sullivan said. “It is not spray paint or printed, this is all just oil and brush. It took me two years to complete this piece.”

Sullivan starts from the center of the painting and works his way around the piece, using old icons, logos and graphics from nostalgic times. The purpose of his piece is to change the cognition of what we thought the old times used to be.

“If your cognition of Coke might have been one thing, now I have put it into another context. You might have to think twice about what Coke really means,” Sullivan said. “It might be fun, or provocative or whatever when you look at it now.”

“Come out and see the work and stand back to really look at the work,” Sullivan said. “It’s a pleasure to just stand in front of it and to look at it and enjoy it for the memories, or for the colors and compositions.”

Sullivan’s Americana is located at the DeVos Place. Operating hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.