A veteran of the design and illustration world, modern artist Brian Drake’s work has touched retail, hospitality and tech sectors, since the 1990’s. With 22 national awards for creative and head of design for 2 decades, Brian has cemented a small place in the ever changing landscape of commercial design. Exhausted by commoditization and lack of weight in subject, Brian left the design world to explore other opportunities.
Ad tech was a bust, as helping people buy cars and more ranch dressing was just a bit too far. Using his knowledge for social advocacy and community organization has been rewarding, but art is well… art. It allows a deeper look at topics of interest. It allows for nuance in a world devoid of nuance.
Like most, Brian lives in nuance. Broad strokes and generalizations are bad for communities, bad for people and miserable for art. Lately, Brian is only interested in nuance.
I have landed on large format as a way to slow down and take time with one image. I hand process sheet films and work with several different 4x5 and 8x10 cameras. My current field camera is a Wista 4x5 and I use a Sinar system in studio.
I attended Berklee College Of Music and am a multi instrumentalist. I studied with legends, and learned more about “art” from my time here than anywhere else. After an 18 year hiatus, I found a new passion for music and created the social media account @thetonepoem to feature this work with my original animation, and video. Experimentation frees my mind and pushes my creative limits.
I design and make fine case goods, as a further extension of my creative. I am fascinated with work from Antonio Citterio, Marcel Wanders, and groups like Poliform Veranna, and Fratelli Bofi. I like the juxtaposition of the physical exertion of working with timber and sheet goods, against the cerebral exercise of design. Like my fine art, this is a life long process I hope to refine.
Stories & emotion. Exaggerated.
Ever demanding and always learning, the new work is the culmination of my 20 years of effort.