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Web Bryant - September 2014

Web Bryant
"Washington From Light to Night"

September 11–October 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 11, 6:30-8:00 pm

Painting by Web Bryant
"Under the Whitehurst," oil, 36"x24"


Artist Web Bryant has captured the unique glow of the nation’s capital through a series of paintings featuring local scenes and structures that often go unnoticed. Avoiding the cliché depictions of monuments and cherry blossoms in favor of the often overlooked and underappreciated aspects of DC, Bryant's oil paintings focus on highlighting the play of light on Washington’s structures. “Washington from Light to Night” will be featured at The Art League Gallery, September 11–October 6, 2014.

“The light in Washington, DC changes by the moment. Bright daylight bounces off pale sandstone, granite, and marble — glazing streets, cars, and people with color. As evening falls, the broad streets and low skylines create directional light and shadow. At night, streetlights and headlights cast pools of radiance against the sides of stone buildings. This is the spectacle I try to paint," states Bryant.

Bryant spent 27 years at USA Today, which was long headquartered in a Rosslyn building with an excellent view of the city. Sixteen stories up, he could watch the light travel across the buildings from the other side of the Potomac, and noted that the city was “built for the light.” After leaving his position as Senior Illustrator, he decided to trade in the deadlines of journalism for something more sedate, so he exchanged quick watercolors and painting in Photoshop for painting with oils. Bryant learned the techniques of the Old Masters and studied the Flemish tradition of painting, because it taught him to incorporate glazes that create a luminous effect—perfect for painting the light and shadows of Washington.

Bryant received his BFA in Communication Art and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to his 27 years at USA Today, Bryant spent time working for the Pennywhistle Press, Washington Star, Baltimore Sun, and Norfolk’s Ledger-Star.

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Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

 

 

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