Every month the art work in our Jamaica Plain office changes to feature local artists, coinciding with the JP First Thursday Art Walk as a bit of a kick-off party to show off that month’s art. For the month of May, we are featuring the art of our agents and their friends/family members. Read about each artist below or stop by anytime during business hours to get a look in person!
Andrew Brilliant – Agent
Andrew Brilliant is primarily a photographic artist and has been working with lens based imagery for over 30 years. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and other venues. His work is in the collections of : Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fogg Museum of Art in Cambridge Ma, and The Fidelity Corporate Art Collection. His photographs have been published in publications appearing around the world.
Currently based in Jamaica Plain he regularly has work published in local media outlets like the Boston Globe and Boston.com.
He has an omnivorous eye. He continues to believe as his photography teacher(Lisette Model)once told him “Everything is a lens.”
Thomas O’Connor – Agent
Change is the only constant. Neighborhoods undergo change on a regular basis and these are absorbed in the consciousness as the natural order of things. Steeped in three centuries of history, Jamaica Plain affords us landmarks that remain in spite of this change giving us the ability to observe what is by reflecting on what was. These landmarks act as figurative anchors. Solid, timeless, reliably comforting somehow. They were here before us and will remain after us.
These photos represent some of these anchors purposely represented without context of the is–without depictions of technology, fashion, or any other way to determine when these photos were taken. They are represented to be in their pure form of their was so they may be appreciated in their purest form.
BJ Ray – Agent
Most of his photographs are inspired by iconic places in and around Jamaica Plain. In this series, Jamaica Pond & Franklin Park are the focal points. As a local realtor, who is passionately engaged in his profession and the community it’s woven in, BJ loves exploring and re-discovering the neighborhood and the people who bring it alive.
Carol Palmer Brilliant – Agent
Carol’s work is inspired by her Jamaica Plain neighborhood – people and places, summer concerts and spring celebrations, warm weather walks or sledding in the snow – all scenes for potential illustrations. As a real estate agent, she is delighted to explore one more magnificent house (subject of “Holiday Party”) or to greet neighbors and friends on JP streets (subject of “Centre St Crossing”). Carol’s illustrations have appeared in books and magazines. Her sketches are created with pen and paper. They are transferred to computer and completed in Adobe Photoshop, all lines drawn by “mouse”. Each illustration is printed digitally with Ink Jet colors on Epson archival paper.
Sophie Rosenberg – Family
Sophie Rosenberg’s jewelry is a mix of the functional and the whimsical. Each piece is a careful curation of one-of-a-kind vintage findings and industrial hardware. These found objects, relieved from their primary function, contain an unexpected, raw beauty which she harnesses into all of her work.
Raised by her mother, a dedicated trash-picker and artist by trade, she was taught early that what is old is new. She is drawn to the unlikely and the overlooked, from valves to plumbing gaskets. Her resourcefulness is a driving force behind her creativity—like a puzzle, she constructs each earring, bracelet, or necklace piece by piece, finding new purposes for old objects. While getting her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, she continued to use herskill for seeing potential in everyday objects in her studio art. But she longed for her artwork to serve a practical function, much in the way the individual materials she was using once did. Thus, the idea for JuxtaposeDesign was born. She can share her unique, upcycled jewelry pieces and give them a new purpose and a new life.
The Zutrau Family: 3 Generations – Father, Daughter and Granddaughter
Edward Zutrau / 1922-1993 Commercial artist, painter and professor in NYC from 1934-1985 / Pulp magazine cover circa 1940’s / airbrush
Susan Zutrau (Agent) / 1965 self taught / woodblock print / fish in rising sun
Kelly Zutrau / 1988 Graduate of The Cooper Union in NYC and RISD / 2 Mixed media paintings / Musician in band WET currently.
If you missed this month’s First Thursday Art Walk then join us on June 4th for the next one! Don’t forget to visit the other participating businesses as well. See the map below for more information or visit JP Centre/South Main Streets for more information.