Brad Bannan



2011 was a year of immense change in emerging artist Brad Bannan’s life. It started with his studio being reduced to rubble during the Christchurch earthquake. This major upheaval led to his uprooting and migrating to Auckland, and a period of personal reflection culminating in his affecting debut solo exhibition ‘A Story Lost’ at nkb Gallery in 2013. 


Training initially as an architect and having only started painting in 2001, Bannan has been able to develop both a fresh style and perspective, largely uninfluenced by the mainstream art world and it’s institutions. A natural gifted and self taught naive painter who’s intention is to produce work that not only entertains the eye but also challenges the viewer’s perception about the world that surrounds them. 

Each work is biographical in nature, born out of a personal interest and association, which is nurtured and moulded into a larger and often ambigous narrative. Bannan says of his 'surreal architecture' series: “The human eye is terribly judgemental, I've isolated parts of the building that were interesting enough to warrant a second look - in stripping away the superfluous and periphery details - this forces the viewer to see with fresh eyes something overly familiar”.

Cash Accepted The Masters Study The Window Shopper Today's Tin Man
Papa Mannequins Window Who Is Shirley Temple's Best Friend New Past
Facade Composition with Road Marking Through the Eyes of the Window Painted Over Through the Window
The Forgotten Self Portrait Self Portrait Woman with Fan
Godmother's Lace The Great Escape Symphony in Brick She Walks in Beauty
A Shore Thing One Lane Americano Constant Rhythm
The House of Cards