Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

Skip Brea

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Yonkers, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024
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Skip Brea is a new media/interdisciplinary artist based in New York. His videos, graphics, animations, and installations examine technology, consumerism and data/image management amongst the masses. From crypto and cyber art to generative art and coded algorithms, Brea uses virtual information and digital compositions as environmental playgrounds of possibilities and digital commentary.

The other side to Brea is inspecting, researching, and cognitively thinking about the history of representation, especially through imagery out the painting canon of art history. By transforming narratives and mediums with contemporary software through image research and data analytics, Brea creates works of art that embody master-type paintings. His work has been recognized by REVOLT via Sean Diddy Combs, the Dean Art Collection via Swizz Beats, Alicia Keys, and others.

In his time at MacDowell, he embarked on an artistic venture in anticipation of an upcoming showcase at the Bronx Museum. Brea was awarded an AIM fellowship during his residency, and spent his time preparing for an exhibition there featuring a meticulously crafted ensemble of four paintings, four animations, and an installation-style assemblage – all started at MacDowell. This body of work is slated to culminate in a book release some time in 2025, adding another layer to Brea's artistic repertoire.

Brea has recently completed a manifesto and 11 chapters intricately linked to the canon of painting and collage. These writings, now in the stacks of MacDowell’s James Baldwin Library, provide a scholarly dimension to Brea's interdisciplinary artistic pursuits.



Skip Brea worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander (1856-1915) and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander was highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served…

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