We all have our favorite paintings or artists that we prefer, and truth be told; i didn’t know enough about the art world to take interest in any of those things. Until one day that all changed when i was surfing the glorious world wide web and I came across an artist, nobody really knew or heard of.
John Bramblitt is a 37 year old man who found his passion through art by his misfortune of becoming blind. But it’s not his art that leaves me with a feeling of triumph, it is his wise words that leave an imprint on my heart. Not only does he suffer from epileptic seizures that caused his vision to decrease with time but he created pieces of art living in his darkest moments. the method behind his greatness you ask? He pairs each color with an emotion, which is the brilliance behind his work.
“This makes more sense when you stop thinking about adversity as an obstacle, and start viewing it as an experience – something that you can learn from and grow from. Life for me now is way more colorful than it ever was.” These words alone from give a deeper meaning to each of his pieces and himself as a person. The reason why I chose this piece is because I feel the colors really detail who he is as an artist and it is something i can deeply connect to. He uses fabric paint to create the outline and contours of the painting so they become easily traceable with his fingers. The realness about his art is he knows that his paintings and drawings are not going to be perfect but he stated himself that if he doesn’t feel they turned out right, he doesn’t have to see them to hate them. If you ask me that is a very humble person and one who recognizes his passion as a talent.
In this painting I admire “the man” standing alone with the world at his finger tips, and I am sure many of us can connect on some level or another how a painting as colorful and luminous as this one could create such a sad feeling inside; just taking a look at it and not knowing it’s background story. Even if the story is known there are a lot of darker areas in the picture that modify his endless want to be better.
John Bramblitt and his story lives on to show that art is much more than Just looking. It starts with an idea or hope for a better tomorrow and ends up on canvas. It’s all about texture and touch for him, which makes you think: what in the world is really impossible because all i see when observing this painting is; possible.
- What exactly sparked his passion for this kind of art?
- Has such an art technique always existed?
- How could a person who feels so defeated come back with some beautiful work?