Featured Artist: Brian Serway on display at Elderbrew

“Creepy but cute!” is one way that Abingdon-based artist Brian Serway has had his art described to him. Using pencils and watercolors, Serway creates unique black and white pieces that combine nature and the cosmos.

An exhibit showing new work by Serway is now on display at Elderbrew at 24 6th St. in Bristol. There will be pieces for sale and the exhibit will be up throughout November.

Q: Could you give us a little background about yourself and and your work?

A: I’m originally from Roanoke, VA but I’ve lived all over – southern Florida and even Johnson City! I am 27 and a graduate from Emory & Henry. My mother was an oil painter so I was introduced to art as a young age. It’s always been a part of my life but I never saw it as a possible career until my work got considerable attention this year. I was featured in a few international art magazines and have done more shows in and outside the US. I now create all my own work and make prints in-house, primarily through my Etsy store (link below).

Q: How would you describe your work?

A: It’s hard for me to describe, but most people have described it to me as something like “creepy but cute!”

Q: Tell me about your exhibit opening up? How does it feel to have an exhibit of your own?

A: I love doing as many local shows as I can as my work is deeply connected to the Appalachian region. Elderbrew is a particularly great location because the guys that work there are great and we share a lot of spooky aesthetic similarities! This collection of pieces in particular focuses around mythological creatures and Appalachian folklore.

Q: What is your favorite piece you’ve done?

A: Probably the girl in the landscape […] entitled “Cut Joint Sinews & Divided Reincarnation”

Q: What inspires you art work?

A; Nature, astronomy, music, philosophy, and the elements that connect all life on earth being found in the center of stars.

Q: What are some of your favorite pieces?

A: If you mean by other artists, “Starry Night II” by Van Gogh and “The Sunflower” by Gustav Klimt.

Q: If this your full-time gig? Do you have any hobbies?

A: I started doing art full time at the start of this year! My other hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading, and traveling.

Q: Who are some artist who inspire you?

A: Contemporary: Dusty Ray, Caitlin Hackett, Lily Seika Jones, Nicomi Nix Turner, Vanessa Foley, Allison Sommers, Heiko Muller,

Classic: MC Escher, Man Ray, Hieronymus Bosch, Gustav Dore, Pieter Bruegel, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt,

Where can we find your work?

Instagram: @bserway

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bserway

Store: www.brianserwayart.etsy.com