Brandon Donahue is a Memphis, Tennessee native currently living and working in Nashville. At twelve years old, Brandon began airbrushing, doing t-shirts, murals, automotives, and body painting. He went on to receive his B.S. from Tennessee State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Brandon is currently an assistant professor of Art at Tennessee State University.
Customizing and personalizing things are to me a rite and I believe in the ability to transcend the original state and meaning of things. I see myself in the work and realize that I, too, have potential to change.
Two art-making processes dominate my studio practice: airbrushing and scavenging found materials. There is an exceptional quality to my painting process. Airbrushing enables me to work in large and small-scale detail without my tool physically touching the surface. Layers of paint evenly re-coat the material without altering its form. I collect mass-produced, publicly displayed, and sports objects such as fallen street signs and basketballs.I search for and collect articles and materials with a specific history. I then add to the history of the thing by employing multiple techniques and processes such as airbrushing, spray painting, vacuum forming, or simply reassembling the object.
My work relates to traditions of street art, Art Povera and occupies a space between low and high art culture.