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Brendan Killian
Jamaica Plain, MA

About the Artist

I began painting sheep 20 years ago during an artist’s residency in Vermont. This work marked a huge departure from my previous work, inspired by both the pastoral setting as well as the changes I was experiencing on a personal level. Although I’ve moved on to other subject matter since, (horses, rabbits and various other real and imagined creatures), like a shepherd, the sheep continue to lure me back, and I always feel obliged to answer they’re call. In a general sense, the sheep serve as a visual metaphor to explore issues of sacrifice and spiritual transformation. Not unlike they’re rol…

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About the Artist

I began painting sheep 20 years ago during an artist’s residency in Vermont. This work marked a huge departure from my previous work, inspired by both the pastoral setting as well as the changes I was experiencing on a personal level. Although I’ve moved on to other subject matter since, (horses, rabbits and various other real and imagined creatures), like a shepherd, the sheep continue to lure me back, and I always feel obliged to answer they’re call. In a general sense, the sheep serve as a visual metaphor to explore issues of sacrifice and spiritual transformation. Not unlike they’re roll in Christian iconography. On a more personal level, they embody a faith in the future, hence my choice of title; “Response”. Likewise, the other animals in my repertoire inhabit another emotional landscape charged with the vernacular that best describes my current perception of reality.

Artist’s Work

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Response 342

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

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By Brendan Killian

Runaway child 3
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Runaway Child 3

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

Response 336

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

Response 320

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

Response 218

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

Response 354

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

White Rabbit 43

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

Response 326

By Brendan Killian

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Brendan killian

Response 288

By Brendan Killian

Runaway child 1
Brendan killian

Runaway Child 1

By Brendan Killian

Selected Exhibitions

  • "The Haven"
    Jamaica Plain, MA, 2020
  • South Shore Arts Center
    Cohassett, MA, 2003
  • "Works on Paper"
    Boston, MA, 2003
  • AAF Art Fair
    New York, NY, 2003
  • Perrin Gallery
    Brookline, MA, 2003

Education

  • Iowa State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Ames, IA,1984