John Brosio

Featuring monstrous, Godzilla-like scenarios with oversized phenomena such as crows, dinosaurs, crabs, chickens and tornadoes towering over otherwise calm suburban scenes, John Brosio’s oil paintings blend the epic and fantastical with the everyday and mundane. In other compositions, lone human brides emerge from UFOs, wolves prowl desolate streets, and human skeletons enact everyday scenes alongside fleshy but otherwise oblivious humans. The humour, absurdity and even terror in his works spotlight the ‘creepiness that can come from American suburban life’ as well providing a unique contemporary mythology of 20th century American suburban and pop-cultural consciousness.

Considering the distinctly cinematic feel to Brosio’s paintings, it is hardly surprising that cinema plays a huge role in the development and iconography of his work. Growing up in Pasadena, California, he was influenced by films such as Star Wars, Godzilla, Wizard of Oz, and the stop-motion animation artist, Ray Harryhausen. Brosio developed a particular interest in movie special effects, and in fact in his junior...

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