Brian Atchley fell into painting when he discovered an abandoned canvas in a Chicago dumpster. He is an autodidact by choice, because he loves the process of learning through doing, rather than through prescriptive art classes. Currently, his work is focused on monochromatic studies of the human form. His use of black and white is used to punctuate the incongruous textures of the human body, and the profound effect light and shadow have in sculpting the human form.
“As I paint my intention is not to put bodies onto a canvas, but let them emerge from it. Starting from total darkness, I slowly bring them to light - enough so you can begin to see their shapes and contours but they still remain partially hidden. It is what we do not see that keeps us searching for more.”