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Meet Jason Brammer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Brammer.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My creative endeavors began very early in my life because my mom is an artist and encouraged my artistic inclinations from the beginning. I grew up drawing a lot. When I was in sixth grade, I remember drawing boom boxes, MTV logos and tons of Powell & Peralta skateboard graphics. In high school, my art teacher, Glenn Litts, introduced me to airbrushing and I set up a little area in my bedroom where I could airbrush.

After high school, I briefly attended Savannah College of Art and Design and then transferred to Indiana University to study painting and drawing. Back in Indiana, I played bass in a rock band called “Old Pike.” The band got signed to Sony Records in the late nineties, so I dropped out of school and embarked on the touring life of a musician, which included many ups and downs, traversing the country in a van. After the band broke up, I moved to Chicago in 2001 because my girlfriend (now wife) lived here and I thought there would be more opportunities in the city. Shortly after moving here, I rented a small studio in the Ukrainian Village and got back to making art more consistently. Through years of independent practice and experimentation, I developed my own style and initially got my work out in the public by exhibiting extensively in galleries, restaurants, and juried shows. These days, I spend my time making work out of my private storefront studio in Humboldt Park and painting murals for clients on location.

Please tell us about your art.
I make paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works as well as large scale murals and site-specific installations. The inspiration for my work depends on what type of piece I’m creating. The “Creaturology” and “Into The Deep” series are influenced by antique nautical drawings, mythical creatures, and bestiaries. With my “Axis Mundi” and “Gateways” series, I drew inspiration from the teachings of philosophers and spiritual teachers such as Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, and Pema Chodron. Many of these works are also inspired by Buddhism, Tibetan mandalas, and meditation. A lot of the imagery in my work depicts expansive oceanscapes and symbolic portals that open to alternate realms. Some of my other bodies of work are more psychedelic and are influenced by things like music, archetypal deities, time travel, and mythology.

I also do a lot of commissioned murals and other custom work, working with both private and commercial clients. This year, for example, I did two custom-painted drum kits for Jimmy Chamberlin (of the Smashing Pumpkins), a commissioned mural for the Shedd Aquarium, and two custom murals for The Lab, a yoga studio in the West Loop. At the moment, I am painting a new exterior mural for Dark Matter Coffee.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
It’s important for artists to get out of the studio and away from their smartphones to meet other artists in person. In a city like ours, there are so many ways to connect and become part of a community by going to art fairs, gallery openings, artist lectures, and other events around town.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see my art at jasonbrammer.com, or by following me on Instagram or Facebook. In real life, you can see my murals around town including exterior pieces at the Boiler Room and Spilt Milk, and interior murals at the new Dark Matter coffee shop “Electric Mud”, Meddle Coffee Bar in the West Loop, Mi Tocaya, and other spots.

People can support my work by buying it or by sharing my work with friends and family who might be interested in collecting my art. People can schedule a studio visit to view and purchase art directly from me, and selected works are also available through my online store. I have both originals and prints available at a wide range of price points. You can also commission murals or custom paintings from me.

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Image Credit:
Jacob Hand, Jim Vondruska, Erin Brammer

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