The Dining Studio supports our local artists by showcasing their works. One of our present artists is William Brakke. Here, Willie tells us a little about himself and his work:
"I was born and raised in Duluth Minnesota. I went to the College of St. Scholastica, where the art department has excellent instructors but limited facilities. These limitations forced me to find creative ways of experiencing different media. My current work is a direct result of this experimentation."
I paint with aerosols, and I cut intricate and original stencils to create deeply layered images. My fascination with human interaction is reflected in the small decisions in any given painting: from arranging the image, to creating the stencil, to choosing the color composition. The accumulation of these small decisions creates the final piece.
My inspiration comes from exploring on the frontier of the natural and the synthetic, the neglected ally and the curated studio, the human and the wild.
I live, work, and create in the Twin Cities. I presently have pieces showing at the Moto-i in Minneapolis.
The work of being an artist excites me, and I am energized by the challenges to come!"