Acquisition Announcement – 11 January 2018
Unicorn acquires artist Brian Kershisnik's Looking for Something
Unicorn, the visual art imprint of Unicorn Publishing Group LLP, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Provo, Utah, artist Brian Kershisnik for an October 2018 publication of a retrospective art solo, Looking for Something: Selected Paintings, his first for over a decade. Acquired by Unicorn's Chicago office, Kershisnik is one of the Western US's most beloved and collected artists, with a deceptively simple “faux-naive” style through which the artist looks at some of life's most complex mysteries.
His figurative work explores a bewilderment of life with a mixture of melancholy and play that feels deeply and encouragingly human. Looking for Something will include more than 200 colour images of Kershisnik's most popular paintings as well as text that puts his work into the larger context of his age.
Kershisnik is a puzzling and puzzled explorer; both a part of, and separate from, his contemporaries. He is an enthusiastic and optimistic examiner of triumphs and tragedies. He exposes the common in the hero and the heroic in the quotidian. He aspires more to the richly human warmth of Giotto than the remote and otherworldly, if impressive, brilliance of the high renaissance. His work is made by his life and is meant to be lived with.
Don Linn of Unicorn says 'We at Unicorn are extremely pleased to be bringing Brian Kershisnik's work to a broad audience this autumn. Brian's paintings are not only beautifully executed pictures, but they also explore some of life's great wonders and mysteries with wit and playfulness. Both those familiar with his work and new audiences will be surprised and delighted with this collection.'
Kershisnik says “I am chronically engrossed in the process of making dozens of paintings at any given moment in time. This retrospective project has demanded I take a (usefully) intimidating and illuminating moment to step back and view my work's greater narrative arc. What I'm learning from my life's work of looking for something through making art is not that any particular instructive message becomes clearer, but that what is most vital is to become more comfortable with those unfathomable parts of being human.”
Kershisnik is collected worldwide and publication of Looking for Something will be supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign.
Brian will open his twelfth annual solo show at the prestigious Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah, on February 3, 2018. For further information: https://www.meyergallery.com/article.php?id=102
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