Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

About the Artist

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

About the Artist

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Brian Kershisnik lives with his wife Suzanne and three children in Kanosh, Utah. The son of a petroleum geologist, he grew up in Angola, Thailand, Texas, and Pakistan. After serving a mission in Denmark, he took a bachelor's degree in painting at BYU and a graduate degree in printmaking at the University of Texas in Austin. His paintings have been featured at numerous solo and group exhibitions, and images of them have been reproduced in numerous books and catalogs. Kershisnik has himself created a notable anthology of his own paintings, Painting from Life, published in 2002 by Guild Publishing of Madison, WI.

Kershisnik's paintings seem simple and whimsical-a few subjects in unadorned settings, sometimes caught in puzzling attitudes of dance or incongruous gesture. Their simplicity is deceiving. Their simple figures and sparse settings evoke a sense of the surreal and of wakeful dreams. They are replete with indeterminate suggestion, stirring deep emotion and taking on a mysterious and subliminal symbolism.

Many of Kershisnik's paintings address themselves to no particular culture or country. …

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