Owen Brainard: "Mission Point", 1973

Born in Kingston, New York, 1924, Brainard received a B.F.A (1946) and an M.F.A. (1948) from Syracuse University, with additional study at Columbia University under Dong Kingman and at the State University of New York. He taught at Drake University for five years before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 1957. He has served as an advisor to the Lansing Metropolitan Arts Council  and the Michigan Council for the Arts,  in addition to being president of the Central Area  Chapter of the Artists’ Equity associations.

Adept in several mediums, Brainard concentrated on serigraphy and painting. In 1959 he completed a free standing mosaic wall mural  for the Michigan Board of Education, it now hangs in Lansing’s Everett High School. Though highly creative in his use of multimedia and abstract representations, Brainard was known for his emphasis on fundamentals with his students. His command of the fundamental allowed to “wade boldly across the frontier of abstraction” (LCP, July 2014).  


Owen Brainard, 1924-1995. "Mission Point", 1973. A 20th century acrylic polymer on canvas abstract. Signed “O. Brainard” lower right, dated “1973” and titled “Mission Point” verso. Image measures 51 x 51” high, framed 51 1/2 x 51 1/2” high overall. $3850


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