MEET THE ARTIST
The passion and desire to make art started for me as soon as I could hold a crayon. My work represents the notion of mystical connections, striving towards a greater good and having fun while you do it.
Nature Drive | 36 x 72 inches | mixed media on canvas
Born in 1986, Brandon Sines was exposed to many cultures while growing up simultaneously in New York City, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Shortly after moving to New York City in 2010 to pursue art, Brandon serendipitously combined his use of mythological creatures, pop icons, and made up characters into a new character called Frank Ape.
The success of Frank gave Sines the ability to work intensively as a full-time artist in New York City for the past ten years in which he has developed a visual language that is raw, mysterious, and playful.
Photo: Justin Aversano Sines and Frank in the studio, Astoria, NYC
He mixes Pop Art’s mass culture, Surrealism’s private associations, and inventive paint handling to create dreamlike environments. His mark making ranges from experimental techniques to illustrative precision. Parts of the paintings are crystal clear, and other parts reach abstraction. This juxtaposition gives the imagery in his paintings the feeling of being recalled from memory, whether it is a personal or a collective memory is sometimes elusive to determine. These paintings were recently featured in a book about his work called Lips and Drips.