Growing up in the small town of Mandan in the heart of North Dakota, Brian was given two gifts that would profoundly impact his journey and, ultimately, his work. The first was a love of art, fed and fostered by my parents. The second was an upbringing that kept me connected to my immigrant ancestors and the work ethic and resilience that enabled them to not only survive but thrive in rural America.
Brian is continually fascinated with the struggles and hard work of the generations who came before him. His ancestors immigrated from Germany in the late 1800s. He reflects on the fact that his grandmother lived in a sod house on the North Dakota prairie. Reflecting on her hard, yet beautiful, life served as part of Brian’s inspiration for the “Farmers Series.” Among the images in the series are many people picking crops and working the farm. These images are often a result of a combination of his personal experience growing up in rural America and inspiration from old photographs he found while searching archives. Whether painting landscapes or flowers or people, ultimately, Brian’s work is about telling stories.
For more information on the “Farmers Series” and the rest of Brian’s work, visit briankuehnstudios.com. §
Brian Kuehn is a pastel artist from Western North Carolina and often uses historic images depicting early American farm life and rural landscapes. Whether painting people or landscapes, his work has a strong use of composition, texture and color. Brian’s work can be seen at many of the high-end juried art shows around the country. For more information, visit briankuehnstudios.com.