Wil­liam Brion

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Wil­liam Brion moved to Cal­i­for­nia in 1952 where he en­joyed liv­ing on the cliffs above the beach at Agate Street in La­guna Beach. His mother, who had worked for Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, was in­stru­men­tal in his ex­plo­ration of dif­fer­ent art medi­ums. Brion grad­u­ated from Whit­tier Col­lege in 1974 with a de­gree in art and art his­tory. He ex­plored the many forms of artis­tic ex­pres­sion in art his­tory and be­gan to as­sim­i­late and ar­tic­u­late cer­tain artis­tic in­flu­ences by pre­ferred artists into his work. He rel­ished the re­al­ism of An­drew Wyeth and his weath­ered struc­tures, and he cher­ished the beauty of the im­pres­sion­ists in their at­tempt to cap­ture the mo­ment with dashes of “lighted” paint. Brion rounded out his artis­tic back­ground with the art of In­dia and the art of Ocea­nia classes at Long Beach State. He adopted the In­dian cir­cu­lar artis­tic tech­nique of the “man­dala” to bring calm and a sense of seren­ity to his work. Tak­ing a class in pho­tog­ra­phy from fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Ran­dall helped him to im­prove his com­po­si­tional skills. As a young adult, he spent five years work­ing for the La­guna Beach parks de­part­ment car­ing for Heisler Park and built his knowl­edge of the coastal plants and trees that now in­still strength and in­sight into his paint­ings.

Brion’s work is an ex­pres­sion of his love for the lo­cal coast­line where he spent his child­hood ex­plor­ing every­thing along the beaches. His in­ti­mate knowl­edge of each cove’s unique her­itage is re­flected in his work. His paint­ings are a mix­ture of hard ar­chi­tec­tural lines nes­tled in the soft folds of na­ture’s sur­round­ings. They are the ves­tiges of an era that is quickly dis­ap­pear­ing.

July 5 to Septem­ber 1, Brion will par­tic­i­pate in the Fes­ti­val of Arts of La­guna Beach.

Respite at the Sand Cas­tle Cabin #19, oil, 22 x 28"

Yel­low House at Shaw’s Cove, oil, 28 x 22"

Three Arch Bay Surf Club, oil, 20 x 24"

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