Luna Rienne Gallery: Micah LeBrun ‘War Paint’

by Admin on 10/13/2016

04/29/2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Luna Rienne Gallery
3318 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Luna Rienne Gallery is pleased to present War Paint, a solo exhibition featuring San Francisco artist Micah LeBrun.

War Paint is a collection of portraits and figurative paintings that reinterprets historic Native American imagery through stylized freehand manipulation. LeBrun illustrates unique aesthetic details of the handcrafted garments of various indigenous tribes through the heavy use of line, deliberate brush strokes, and a bold primary color palette. The subject matter is associated with life and death, as well as artifact studies and animated still life.

The collection is a tribute to American Indians, Native American culture, and indigenous American ideology. LeBrun, who is part Iroquois, salutes their historic example and continued respect for the Earth as well as all things natural. Growing up in the United States, he had little education about the severe atrocities suffered by the original occupants of the land he calls home. Thus the pride that accompanies his citizenship is offset by a sense of shame in the knowledge that his country was stolen and claimed by foreigners. Even today, the heritage and rights of American Indians are exploited, as exampled by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their peaceful protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Micah LeBrun is a self-taught San Francisco artist who considers his understanding of art to be derived from what he visually identifies in everyday life. His influences range from the line-oriented work of Picasso, the bold graphic nature of Warhol, and the dominant colorful brushstrokes of Peter Max to modern-day movements such as car culture and graffiti. A self-prescribed wanderer in regards to creative process, he believes that each idea should be executed in the medium and style that best relays its intention. LeBrun is also the curator at 111 Minna Gallery.

War Paint will be on exhibit from April 29 through May 29, 2017 at Luna Rienne Gallery, 3318 22nd Street near Valencia in San Francisco. Formerly known as fabric8, Luna Rienne features visual artists working in contemporary mediums who integrate elements of urban culture with traditional techniques.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 6PM until 9PM.