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Brian Flaherty



My art has several themes to it.  I am a portrait artist. Big faces. Big features, historical figures, like, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr., Louis Armstrong, etc.. A second theme is abstract artist, color field.

A third theme is as an artist influenced by music, and have painted iconic covers such as  Dark Side of the Moon, Live Aid, Speaking In Tongues.  A photographer of the local Washington DC area. I like exploring two interests of mine in art, where Art and History, American, World, meet together to form a journal of the times.  Right now, I see my art portfolio including more acrylic paintings in addition to my oil paintings, in the future.  I’m learning about different ways to produce acrylics.


2019:Exhibited in Fire Earth Water and Air contest, awarded an “Honorable Mention.”
2014: Mayhem National Juried Show, contest selected a historical work of mine for exhibit, an impasto of the chaos in DuPont Circle during the Attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life.
Other exhibits 2018-19: shown at Gallery Clarendon, Falls Church Arts.
2020: First Free Art Commission, pandemic art: My former store manager commissioned a free artwork of his Associate Manager’s hand, which was unique because that manager had Postaxial Polydactyly.  This was six fingers on the right hand. I was able to take some pictures of the hand to work with.  I immediately thought the work should be a Princess Bride reference, and it became the talk at work.

Education: APS, Arlington Adult Ed.-Arlington Community Learning, 2013-Present:
Oil/Pastel, and Basic Acrylic, Acrylic Pouring.

Medium: Oil, Acrylic, photography, Mixed Media, Drawing and Sketching.

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