Draven Brite abstract mixed media
"I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me -as an artist, the only notable thing- ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do."
My art is a passion for me, Its a god given talent. This is not to say my art is in anyway god like or of his greatness.
God gives us all a talent and a purpose for being here what we make of it is up to us.
My work 90% of the time is abstract, some have meaning some do not
It all has heart, It all is done with passion and I believe it shows in each and every piece
I will soon to be 49 years old, I was born an artist and will die an artist. I may never be a famous artist and I'll never be a rich artist but an artist non the less and thats what really matters in the end.
I guess you could call me a child of the seventies,born in 1960 , by '71-'72 I could see that art was going to
be a fact of my life. There was no fighting it,I was drawing and painting on anything I could. My parents pushed me toward art telling me I had been drawing since I was a little kid of 2 or 3 so when I say I have been doing this all my life I guess its so.
My first influence of abstract art was Artnews magazine I could not wait for it to come out every month.
I remember when I first saw a Salvador Dali poster ,litho, it was so amazing to me. I would have given anything to have a litho of my work
In the early 80's I attended The Art Institute of Chicago where I recieved my degree. Since then my life has been non-stop study of art and the craft of createing, I have spent uncountable hours prefecting the craft of mixed media on canvas.
"OLD BUILDINGS" , Commission by Bernie Barbash, President of Champion Window Manufacturing
NETHERLAND MEMORIES SERIES, Commission for Omni Netherlands Plaza Hotels
CINCINNATI SKYLINE, City of Cincinnati Courthouse
ORLANDO VISUAL ARTISTS LEAGUE, Orlando, Florida
CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, Columbus, Ohio
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, Cincinnati, Ohio.
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, New Orleans, Louisiana.
KNICKERBOCHER ARTISTS ASSOCIATE MEMBER
MILLENIUM Best of Show Award, Arts & Cultural Council of Loveland, Ohio
Grant for publication fees: NEW ART INTERNATIONAL, VOLUME IV. Book Art Press, Woodstock, New York., 1998
Runner-Up for ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIVING ARTISTS, 11th Ed. ArtNetwork Cover Contest, 1998.
Scholastics Gold and Silver Key portfolio winner, 1993
Honorable Mention for Reflections, 1993.
Memphis College of Art Portfolio Scholarship, 1993.
Best of Show, Star Bank Group Show, 1992
BLOOD ORANGE REVIEW, 2007 4th Q
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIVING ARTISTS, 11th Ed. ArtNetwork.
NEW ART INTERNATIONAL, VOLUME IV. Book Art Press, Woodstock,
Home & Design living with Art
Back Roads Album cover image, Clinton Colin, Columbia S.C.
MAXTALK, Spring ’98, National Newsletter
EVERYBODY’S NEWS, March ’98, Sara Burley.
NEW AMERICAN ARTIST, November Issue.
ART NOW GALLERY GUIDE, December issue
Linsey DeBerry "lost Souls"
Teresa Collins "uptown"
Tony Buckles "redemption"
Emmette Fuller "country time"
Ruth Morgan "oletown" & "fruitful"
Grant McNeil "Morning Reflections"